Man, 85, Wants to Regain Everest Record

He was the oldest until an 80-year-old made the ascent
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 12, 2017 12:33 AM CDT
Man, 85, Wants to Regain Everest Record
Nepalese mountain climber Min Bahadur Sherchan at his residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, April 12, 2017.   (Niranjan Shrestha)

A Nepalese man who was once the oldest climber to scale Mount Everest is attempting to regain that title, at age 85, with hopes that the feat will help him spread a message of peace. Min Bahadur Sherchan plans to climb the 29,035-foot peak next month during a window of favorable weather on the summit, the AP reports. "I want to be the oldest person to scale Everest again to be an inspiration for humankind, a boost for the elderly people and an encouragement for youths," Sherchan says. "It will be a message for everyone that age is no obstacle to achieving their dreams." He first scaled Everest in May 2008, when he was 76, but his record was broken by then 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura in 2013.

Sherchan's attempt to climb Everest in 2013 was cut short because of financial problems and delays in getting the climbing permit. Another try in 2015 was canceled because an avalanche swept the base camp, killing 19 people just a day before he reached the site. "I am confident that I will succeed this time. I have no problems that could stop me from climbing Everest and the only problem could be weather," says Sherchan, whose love of mountaineering began when the government assigned him as a liaison officer to a Swiss climbing team. He added that he has no respiratory problems and his blood pressure is normal. He says that if he regains his record, he plans to campaign for world peace by traveling to conflict areas like Syria. (More Mount Everest stories.)

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