80-Year-Old Yuichiro Miura Becomes Oldest Man to Climb Mount Everest

A Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura has accomplished another amazing feat. After reaching the peak of Mount Everest at ages 70 and 75, Miura accomplished the unthinkable once again at the age of 80. Miura reached the 29,035-foot peak on Thursday and he phoned down to his team to let them know he had made it to the top.

I made it!” Miura said, according to the Associated Press. “I never imagined I could make it to the top of Mount Everest at age 80. This is the world’s best feeling, although I’m totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well.

“And if the limit of age 80 is at the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest place on earth, one can never be happier.”

Miura has gone through a lot to get to where he is today.

According to his daughter, Miura had four heart operations since 2007. He also had a skiing accident in 2009 where he suffered a fractured his pelvis and left thigh bone. But throughout all of that, Miura stayed positive and kept his sights set on making history.

Miura should be an inspiration to everyone. If you put your mind to something, you can reach your goal. Miura could have given up, but instead he accomplished what he set out to do at 80-years-old.

Next week, 81-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan will try to set a new mark.

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