No more Everest, says oldest to climb highest peak
Kathmandu: The oldest person to climb the world's highest mountain says he's heading for the hills. Yuichiro Miura, who reached the top of Mount Everest at the age of 80 last week, said today that he will not attempt any more climbs of the world's highest peak, even as his one-year-older rival was at Everest's base camp attempting to regain his title as the oldest to conquer the mountain.
"I think three times is enough," Miura, a Japanese former extreme skier, told reporters in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. "At this point I could not think of anything but rest."
A brief improvement in weather conditions allowed Miura to leave Everest on a helicopter today, three days after he scaled the mountain's 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak.
The aircraft picked up Miura at Camp 2 and flew him to the base camp and then to Kathmandu. He had initially planned to leave the mountain on Saturday, but poor visibility and bad weather conditions forced the cancellation of the helicopter flight.
Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, 81, was still at Everest preparing to attempt to scale the peak. He held the record for oldest to reach the top for five years until Miura snatched the title.
"I hope his success is good news. I wish him best of luck," Miura said in Japanese, with his son Gota, 43, who reached the top of Everest with his father last week, serving as his interpreter.
Miura, however, insisted that Sherchan back up any claim of scaling Everest's peak with clear photographs of the climber showing his face at the summit.