Yuichiro Miura: The Man Who Scaled Mount Everest at Age 70

Yuichiro Miura (三浦 雄一郎), a famed professional skier and alpinist, scaled Mount Everest at the age 70 years and 222 days in 2003, which set the world record as being the oldest climber in the history of the Everest ascents then.

Being on top of Mt. Everest had been his dream-come-true. He said, “No matter how old you are, you can sill hold on to your dreams. You have to continue to make an effort to turn your dreams into reality. I learned that if you keep heart and take one small step after another, you can stand on top of the world.”

Yuichiro Miura (三浦 雄一郎) was born in Aomori, Japan, on Oct. 12, 1932. After graduating from University of Hokkaido he became the first Japanese professional skier to participate international competitions. In 1964 he participated in the Italian Kilometer Lanciad, at which he made a new world record of 172.084kph.

YMiura has made many world records and kept pushing the envelope as an adventure skier. In 1966 he became the first to ski down Mount Fuji with a parachute brake. He also became the first to ski down Popocatepetl (1968), Towers of Paine (1969).

YMiura eventually became the first man to ski the highest peaks in seven continents in 1985, best known for the feat to ski down Mount Everest in 1970. It was documented in the Oscar-winning film “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” (1976).

Miura’s accomplishments have been a huge inspiration to people of all ages in the world. Although his world record as the oldest to climb Mt. Everest was broken by another 71-year-old Japanese climber on May 29, 2007, Miura plans to summit Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) once again from China in 2008.

“Have faith in yourself (when you face death.) The fear gets you nowhere. You don’t care if you live or die when your hearts beats are running over 100. Most of the fears you have will just go away when you climb a mountain.”

In 1964 he became the first Japanese sever to compete in Kilometer Lanciad Italy. He set the world skiing record of 172.084kph.
In 1966 he skied down Mt. Fuji, using parachute as stopping device.
In 1966, Mt. Kossciiusko, the highest peak in Australia.
In 1967, Mt. Mackinley, the highest peak in North America.
In 1968, Mt. Popocatepetoro in Mexico.
In 1969, Towers of Paine.
In 1970 he skied down Mt. Everest from South col (8000m), made world record skiing down from the highest point on the earth (Guinness World Record Registered)
In 1981 he skied down Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, together with his father Keizo (77), who made the eldest record, and his son Gota (11), who made the youngest record for climbing.
In 1983, Mt. Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica.
In 1985, Mt. Elbrus, Russia, the highest peak in Europe.
In 1985, Mt. Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America.

In 2002 he summited Cho Oyu together with his son Gota.
In 2003 he became the oldest to summit Mt. Everest.