Agence France-PresseMay 17, 2013 04:30
An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer has begun his ascent of Mount Everest, his website said, in a bid to become the oldest man to reach the roof of the world.
In a voice message recorded on his website, Yuichiro Miura said the expedition was setting off Thursday for a climb that was expected to take a little over a week.
"We plan to stand on the summit on May 24... We are all doing well, getting in position to tackle the mountain."
Miura is trying to get back a Guinness World Record that he first held in 2003 when he became the oldest man to climb Everest.