ExWeb Memorial weekend Everest update: Sherchan, 76, on top; Miura, 75, too; and the latest stats

Posted: May 26, 2008 01:24 am EDT

(MountEverest.net/story updated 10.22 pm/story edited June 19) 76-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan from Nepal has become the oldest person to summit Mount Everest. The senior summited today according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Next up was Yuichiro Miura (75) and his team who departed Everest Base Camp (5360m) on May 20th and arrived to their last camp C5 (8300m) today at 13:50 Nepal Time (17:05 Japan Time).

In the latest update, Rodrigo Granzotto Peron reports that Miura also summited, today 26th May, at 7:33 am. With him were Kazuya Igarashi, and Noriyuki Muraguchi (on his 5th summit).

Retired soldier Min Bahadur Sherchan was aided by 12 Nepali Sherpa and after summit he plans to open a senior home. Before Everest, he had only climbed smaller peaks, according to NepalNews.

Yuichiro Miura has climbed Everest before. He skied down the Lhotse face in the 80s and became record holder as the oldest Everest summiteer in 2003 at the age of 70. Also back then, he camped at the rarely used "emergency camp 5" above the Balcony. Camping here provides a shorter distance to the summit but a prolonged stay on this altitude is a serious challenge on the human body.

In 2003 at age 70, Miura actually stayed several nights in this camp, summitted and skied down a smaller part of the Lhotse wall.

Gota descends to C2 with AMS

Emili Miura reports that Yuichiro Miura's son and frequent climbing partner Gota Miura experienced early symptoms of HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) during the ascent to C5 and descended to C4 at 12:30 Nepal Time. He has safely arrived at C2 with the help of 2 Sherpas at 18:00 Nepal Time. Although he still feels numb in his right hand and leg, has a slight headache and feels extreme fatigue, he is on his way to full recovery thanks to advise by Dr. Kobayashi in Tokyo and Dr. Shiga in Everest Base Camp.

Yuichiro Miura, Noriyuki Muraguchi, and Kazuya Igarashi, the remaining 3 summiting members and 3 Sherpas remained at C5, scheduled to be on their summit push starting early morning May 26th weather and other conditions permitting.

Yuichiro's Arrythmia update

Dr. Yoshinori Kobayashi (Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Nippon Medical School), a member of Miuras doctor team, is on stand by at Tokyo office monitoring biometrics data sent from Everest including Electrocardiogram (ECG) data.

Here goes Dr. Kobayashis comment on yesterdays ECG data taken during the climbing to C4 South Col (8000m) from C3:

No significant change is observed in the ECG data taken during the climbing to South Col from the data taken at lower altitude of 6000m~7000m, thus no alarming arrhythmia is observed. Other biometrics data such as heart rate and SPO2 (blood oxygen concentration) also indicate very good condition. Furthermore, the AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) Score that measures the progress of acclimatization seems to be favorable overall. I wish the team all the best, hoping that this condition will be maintained throughout the summit bid.

Yuichiro's comment on Min Bahadur Sherchan's summit

Also, Yuichiro Miura commented in his dispatch to BC after hearing the news of Mr. Min Bahadur Sherchan's successful summit:

"Congratulations on the 76 year-old successful summit! As the same septuagenarian, I have also finally reached C5 after a challenging ascent. I will now try my best to reach the same summit, hopefully tomorrow."

Yuichiro Miura and Mr. Min Bahadur Sherchan met with each other on May 16th at Everest Base Camp, wishing each other the best for fulfilling their dream to stand on Everest summit.

Yuichiro at C5 commented on Gotas safe arrival to C2 in dispatch to BC: The fact that Gota has safely arrived at C2 and is recovering makes me happier than myself making it to the summit!

Everest stats from Brazil

"Monstrous amount of summits today," reports Rodrigo Granzotto Peron from Brazil about Saturday's Everest crop. "Probably the highest ever for a single day. Lots of records broken."

Some curiosities in the last days stats, courtesy of Rodrigo:

Sherpa records:

15th summit for Chuwang Nima (from Alpine Ascents)
13th summit for Mingma Tshering (from Jagged Globe)*
12th summit for Chuldim Ang Dorje (from Adventure Consultants)
11th summit for Lhakpa Rita I (from Alpine Ascents)

Western Guides records:

8th summit for Willie Benegas (from Mountain Madness)
8th summit for Vernon Tejas (from Alpine Ascents)
5th summit for Dave Morton (from Alpine Ascents)

The First Saudi on Everest

The first Saudi Arabian on the top of the World is Farouq Saad Hamad Al-Zuman, considered on his home country as "The Edmund Hillary of Saudi Arabia". He summited 21st May with Peak Freaks.

The First mother-and-daughter

Australian Cheryl Bart and her daughter Nicole "Nikki" Bart summited Everest May 24th, and claim they are the first mother-and-sister to summit Big E together. There are several cases of father-and-son, but they are the first mother-and-daughter. They also summited Cho Oyu together last year, in preparation for Everest.

The current Everest summit record list:

Apa 18
Chuwang Nima 15
Lhakpa Gelu 13
Phurba Tashi 13
Big Dorje 13
Mingma Tshering 13
Chuldim Ang Dorje 12
Nga Temba 12
Nima Gombu 12

*Story edited June 19: Mingma Tshering Sherpa is with Jagged Globe, not Alpine Ascents as earlier stated.

Links to teams on Everest:

Irish Everest/Graham and Ian
Klimb for kids/Tim Warren
James Balfour
No guts know glory/Rob Hill
Lee Farmer
Adventure Peaks
Peak Freaks
Alpine Ascents
Adventure Consultants
Summit Climb
Alaskan Granite
Danish Everest
Cordoba Everest
Nepalese 77 year old
Eco Everest/Dawa Sherpa
Coldfeat Fiennes/Cool
Mountain Madness
Jagged Globe
Lincoln Hall rescuers Andrew Brash, Myles Osborne and Dan Mazur
MountainTrip dispatches
Project-Himalaya Everest dispatches
Cheryl and Nikki Bart
Miura senior (Japanese)
Alan Arnette
David Tait
Rodrigo Raineri (Vitor Negrete's mate) and Eduardo Keppke (no 02)
Gnaro's Share Everest
Andalusian Lina
Keck at www.alpinist.at
Francois Guy Thivierge
SpaceRef.com carrying news of Scott Parazynski
Scott Parazynski blog
Martin McGarvey's blog
Vietnam Everest


Everest summiteers: Yuichiro Miura, 75, on the right, Mr. Min Bahadur Sherchan, 76, on the left (May 16th )
Yuichiro Miura and Gota Miura at Camp 2 (May 21st).
Yuichiro Miura on ascent to Camp 3 on Lhotse (May 23rd).
Yuichiro Miura at Camp 4 on dispatch to base camp (May 24th ) with Everest in the back. All images courtesy of Emili Miura/SnowDolphins.com (click to enlarge).

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