Nepali on the heels of old Japanese to top Mt Everest


KATHMANDU: An 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier who just missed becoming the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest five years ago is back on the mountain to make another attempt at the title.

Unfortunately for him, the slightly older man who nabbed the record a day before he could in 2008 is fast on his heels.

On Wednesday, Yuichiro Miura w

In this Thursday, May 16, 2013 photo distributed by Miura Dolphins, 80-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura leaves the base camp at 5,300 meters (17,388 feet) for his attempt to scale the summit of Mount Everest. According to his management office, Miura plans to accomplish the ascent on Thursday, May 23 to be the world’s oldest person to reach the world’s highest peak. (AP Photo/Miura Dolphins)

as already in the oxygen-deficient “death zone” and hoped to reach the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit Thursday. His 81-year-old Nepalese rival Min Bahadur Sherchan was at the base camp preparing for his own attempt on the summit later this week.

On his expedition’s website, Miura says he hopes a successful climb will raise the bar for what is possible.