Climb Everest young and live past 80

Posted: Apr 22, 2013 12:45 pm EDT

(AdventureStats) Back in the fifties, 6 people climbed Mount Everest. First out were Hillary and Tenzing (May 29, 1953). Three years later four Swiss summited (May 23 and 24, 1956).

After we lost Jurg Marmet at the age of 85 just this past March, the only survivor of the original 6 now remains Hans Ruedi von Gunten.

Hillary and Tenzing were well into their thirties on summit day (few know Tenzing had already tried the top seven times) while the Swiss ranged between 28 and 32 years old.

You would expect a bunch of young dare devils to perish early but that's not the case.

Youngest to pass Tenzing became 71 while Hillary became the oldest thus far at age 88. On average, the first 6 Everest summiteers became 80 plus years old, with Hans Ruedi hitting 85 this year. They all beat the average male lifespan of their countries.

1953 Tenzing Norgay (I) 1914 - 1986 (71)
1953 Ed Hillary (NZ) 1919 - 2008 (88)
1956 Jurg Marmet (CH) 1927 - 2013 (85)
1956 Ernst Schmied (CH) 1924 - 2002 (76)
1956 Dolf Reist (CH) 1921 - 2000 (79)
1956 Hans Ruedi von Gunten (CH) 1928 - (85)

Imagine what they would have thought about Yuichiro Miura. Born in 1932, the Japanese mountaineer is repeating Everest this season at the age of 80.

Another Himalaya senior is Spaniard Carlos Soria, 74, who reached Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) Base Camp last week in his attempt to finish all 14 8000ers (he has three left) while still young.

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Hans Ruedi von Gunten, the 5th person to climb Everest.
Miura going for Everest hat-trick at 80.
Image by Gopal Sharma

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