80 year old climber reaches Everest summit

Yuichiro Miura, an 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer, says he is feeling elated after becoming the oldest person in history to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Yuichiro Miura

Mr Miura, who has conquered the 8,850 metre peak twice before, when he was aged 70 and 75, reached the summit yesterday morning.

He then phoned his daughter to tell her that he felt “on top of the world”.

“I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mount Everest at the age of 80,” he said. “This is the best feeling of my life.”

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