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For most of us, flying over let alone climbing Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain is achievement enough. However, don't tell that to 80-year-old Yuichiro Miura. He is already at the base in Kathmandu, Nepal preparing to scale the 29,035 feet (8,848 meter) peak for the third time!
Unlike others, the Japanese man's love affair with this majestic mountain began with a descent in 1970, when he became the first person to ski down the 8,000 meters. His amazing feat was captured in a documentary called 'The Man Who Skied Down Everest', which ended up winning an Oscar Award!
After that he seemed to have gotten a little busy with other pursuits, and it was not until 2003 at the ripe old age of 70, that he decided to re-visit the Everest - This time, to climb up! Not only did he succeed, but he also broke the record for being the oldest person ever, to scale the mountain. However, just four years later, a 71-year-old fellow Japanese by the name of Katsusuke Yanagisawa managed to displace him in the record books.
Not one to give up, Yuichiro decided to go at it one more time at the age of 75. While he succeeded in getting to the peak, he did not sneak his way back into the record books. That's because just a day before he got there, a 76-year-old Nepalese man by the name of Min Bahadur Sherchan had managed to get to the top. While Yuichiro says his third attempt has nothing to do with the record books, if he succeeds that is where he will end up hopefully, for good!
What's amazing about this determined man is that he suffers from and has undergone two surgeries for irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia. So why does he continue taking on this risky venture? Because he believes it to be the “ultimate anti-ageing” cure for all his ailments!