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  Pair of Climbers Vying for Record Of Oldest To Summit Everest

80-Year-Old Climbers Vie For Record Of Oldest To Summit Everest
by Kraig Becker (RSS feed) on May 9th 2013 at 8:00AM

Two octogenarians are preparing to go head-to-head to determine who will hold the record for the oldest to summit Mt. Everest; 81-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan of Nepal and his 80-year-old rival Yuichiro Miura of Japan are both currently in Everest Base Camp on the South Side of the mountain. Sometime in the next couple of weeks, the two climbers will set out for the 29,029-foot summit as they both look to fulfill a dream of climbing Everest in their eighth decade. Setting a new mark for the oldest person to accomplish that feat would simply be icing on the cake.

Unsurprisingly, the rivalry between these two climbers is a bit one-sided. Sherchan says that he hasn't returned to Everest in an effort to keep his record but instead he simply wants to attempt to climb the mountain in his 80s. Miura on the other hand is quoted as saying, "records are meant to be broken." Clearly he would relish the opportunity to claim this crown for himself. In order to do that, however, he must first reach the summit and then hope that Serchan does not.

Excerted from: http://www.gadling.com/2013/05/09/80-year-old-climbers-vie-for-record-of-oldest-to-summit-everest/
Min Bahadur Serchan looks to remain the oldest to summit Everest.

[Photo Credit: Min Bahadur Sherchan]

 

 

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