Nepal Today

Sunday, May 26, 2013

ENOUGH OF EVEREST SAYS OLDEST MAN TO SCALE IT I[DATE Kathmandu, 26 May: The oldest person to climb Mount Everest said Sunday that he won't make any further attempts to scale the world's highest peak — even though his new record may soon be in jeopardy, AP reports from the Nepali capital. "I think three times is enough," Yuichiro Miura, who reached the top of Everest at the age of 80 last week, told reporters. "At this point I could not think of anything but rest." A brief improvement in weather conditions allowed Miura, a Japanese former extreme skier, to fly by helicopter from Everest to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, on Sunday, three days after he scaled Everest's 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak. He had initially planned to leave the mountain on Saturday, but poor weather conditions forced the cancellation of the helicopter flight. Meanwhile, Miura's 81-year-old rival, Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, was at Everest's base camp preparing to attempt to regain his title as the oldest to conquer the mountain. Sherchan held the record for five years until Miura snatched the title. nnnn


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