Nepalese climber Min Bahadun Sherchan has finally conceded to Japanese Yuichiro Miura as the oldest conqueror of Mt. Everest. 81-year old Sherchan used to be the oldest man to climb the world’s highest peak at age 76 in 2008. It was a feat he held for five years until Yuichiro Miura, 80, claimed the title just last Thursday.
Sherchan had plans to reclaim his title, but prolonged exposure to the Himalayas’ weather while waiting for the Nepalese government’s green light, especially for the expedition’s funding, took their toll on his body. Chest problems arose and given his age, his risk for other altitude-related difficulties will be surely expected. He was taken from Everest’s base to a hospital in Kathmandu for treatment.
Sherchan and Miura have been considered rivals since the former deprived the latter of the title for oldest man to reach Mt. Everest in 2008. The Japanese is only a year younger but was able to return to the top of Everest without hindrance. Even without the health concern brought about by Mt. Everest’s weather, Yuichiro Miura expressed doubt that Min Bahadur Sherchan would be able to reclaim the title given the lack of funding. While it’s unfortunate that outside forces held Sherchan back, at least now Miura can enjoy having the record for a bit.
[via Canberra Times]
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