Young at Heart and Soul - Yuichiro Miura


Yuichiro Miura (born October 12, 1932) is a Japanese alpinist who in 2003, at age 70, became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. This record was later broken. However, on May 26, 2008, Miura once again successfully reached the summit of Mt. Everest at the age of 75. On May 23, 2013 Miura again became the oldest person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80. He was unable to make the descent after reaching the top, and was airlifted to base camp from 6500 meters in elevation. This achievement is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

He also became the first person to ski on Mount Everest on May 6, 1970. He descended nearly 4,200 vertical feet from the South Col (elevation over 8,000 m (26,000 ft)). This feat was documented in 1975, in the film The Man Who Skied Down Everest. The film won the Academy Award for best documentary, the first sports film to do so.

Keizo Miura, Japanese skier, was his father. Gota Miura, freestyle skier and alpinist, is one of his sons. Yuichiro was exposed to snow sports from the time he was a child, and placed in his first skiing competition during his 2nd grade year in elementary school. He moved south with his family but found that he missed the snow and winter sports, prompting him to enroll in Hokkaido University. There, he continued to pursue skiing as a professional sport. His advanced ability to ski, especially in the back-country, required him to reach higher elevations by hiking, expanding the breadth of his skills to include mountain climbing. Once he became a prolific mountain climber, Yuichiro began challenging larger mountains, and skied down many of them

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