In the year 1970 Japanese alpinist, Yuichiro Miura, decided that it was time to step it up and straight-line the face of Mt. Everest. So, he did. Yuichiro skied 6,600 vertical feet in 2 minutes and 20 seconds and then fell another 1,320 feet down the Lhotse face stoping just before falling into an endless ice cliff. Thirty two years later, Yauichiro Miur “The Man Who skied Everest“, climbed Mt. Everest again to become the oldest person in the world to do so. That record was broken in 2008 so at age 75 Mr. Miur climbed the world highest peak AGAIN!
Last week a 76-year old man was confirmed as the oldest person to have reached the summit of Everest after his birth certificate was checked by the climbing authorities. So….. Yauichiro Miur will be heading back to the top of the world at Age 80 to reclaim his title once again.
A clip from The Man Who skied Everest. This film went on to win an Oscar for best documentary film.
From the Film
Narrator: I am alive. They say I skied 6600 feet in 2 minutes and 20 seconds. I fell 1320 feet. I stopped 250 feet from the crevasse. Numbers have meaning in the world below. But in this almost airless world, what do they mean? Was it a success or a failure? That I am alive must be the will of some higher power.