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
(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 enough
When 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. No more high mountains, he continued.
Miura to recover his record score
Yanagisawa has break the record previously set by fellow Japanese Yuichiro Miura, who reached the top of Everest when he was 70 years, 7 months and 10 days, and 2006 summiteer Takao Arayama who was 70 years, 7 months and 13 days.
However, Miura is not out of the game at all: Yuichiro plans to climb Everest again next year, at 75.
Katsusuke Yanagisawa has summited Cho Oyu and Everest.