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Japanese Katsusuke Yanagisawa, has become the oldest person to summit Everest at 71 years old. Image of north side climber near the top of Everest courtesy of Yanasigawa's team mate Hiroyuki Kuraoka, courtesy of Mountain.ru (click to enlarge).

Everest: Yanagisawa, 71, breaks Miura's age record - for now

Posted: May 30, 2007 06:38 am EDT

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(MountEverest.net) Japanese Katsusuke Yanagisawa, has become the oldest person to summit Everest at 71 years old. Yanagisawa, a retired junior high school teacher, topped-out on May 22 from the north side, as member in HiMex team. Everest is enoughWhen summiting, Katsusuke was exactly 71 years, 2 months and 2 days old. Japan Mountaineering Association's Yutaka Nakagawa told The Guardian, Yanagisawa used supplementary O2 "all the way to the summit."I didnt think I would make it, explained Yanagisawa to the Associated Press. ...

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