Oldest Climber Rescued From Everest

Yuichiro Miura safely back in Nepal via helicopter after bout with bad weather
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2013 6:16 AM CDT
Helicopter Rescues Oldest Climber From Everest
Yuichiro Miura, right, who has had four heart operations in recent years, stands atop the summit of Mount Everest, Thursday, May 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/MIURA DOLPHINS CO., LTD.)

The oldest climber to ever scale Mount Everest has made it off the mountain with his record—and his hide—intact. Bad weather, including poor visibility, had scotched Yuichiro Miura's attempt yesterday to leave the mountain, but a brief improvement today allowed a helicopter to swoop in and pick up the 80-year-old former extreme skier, reports the AP. Upon arriving at Katmandu's airport, Miura told reporters he was happy with his record, brief though it may be: 81-year-old rival Min Bahadur Sherchan is still on the mountain, hoping to reclaim the title. (More Mount Everest stories.)

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