An 80-year-old Japanese man who began the year with his fourth heart operation has become the oldest conqueror of Mount Everest, a feat he called "the world's best feeling", even with an 81-year-old Nepalese climber not far behind him.
Yuichiro Miura, a former extreme skier who also climbed the peak when he was 70 and 75, reached the summit at 9.05am local time yesterday, according to a Nepalese mountaineering official and Miura's Tokyo-based support team.
"We have arrived at the summit," Mr Miura, pictured, said from the world's highest point. "The world's most incredible mountaineering team had helped me."
The previous oldest to reach the top – when he was 76 – was Nepal's Min Bahadur Sherchan, now aged 81. He is preparing to scale the peak again next week. Mr Sherchan said by phone from the base camp that he was "ready to take up the challenge".