Cho-Oyu 2002 Expedition
Miura & Son Gota Reaches the Summit of Mt. Cho Oyu! The
Two Generation Expedition Makes Two Records. The Japanese
adventure skier whom well known internationally as “The
man who skied down Mt. Everest” (in 1970) -
Yuichiro Miura (Age 69) and his son Gota (Age 32)
reached the summit of Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m), the sixth
highest mountain in the world this afternoon. Not only
did this expedition make Yuichiro the oldest person to
reach the summit of 8000m peak at the age of 69 years
and 6 months, it was also the first successful
Japanese father and son summit of 8000m peak in the
history. The team of seven climbers from Japan, Miura
Expedition flew in Katmandu on March 20th climbed Mt.
Parchamo (6,187m) for acclimatization and ice climbing
training for the Cho Oyu attempt. The team departed
Katmandu on April 11th for the Tibetan Himalaya, and
established the base camp (5700m) on the foot of Mt.
Cho Oyu on April 17th. The next ten days were spent
for the team members adjusted their condition to the
new altitude and shifting the higher camps. The first
half of the attempt faced difficulties due to
ever-shifting climate of Himalayan regions. There were
altogether 13 expeditions attempting to reach the
summit of Mt. Cho Oyu this time, including expeditions
from Italy, Russia, Korea, Netherlands and other
international teams. The
success of this expedition is a milestone to the next
challenge in Year 2003 of another Miura two generation
expedition to the Everest by the same team. According
to the report after the ascent, Yuichiro said “The
wind at the summit is blowing very hard about 30m, and
tempature is -20C! It feels great to be here but
will descend quickly and safely”. There
were four climbing sherpas accompanied Miura to the
summit: Norbu Sherpa, Ngatemba Sherpa, Nwang Tangi
Sherpa and Tenzi Sherpa
The world record of being the oldest person to reach
the 8000m peak is solely based on EverestNews.com
research data. We believe he broke the record of Felicien Morel, Swiss (66 years old).
Yuichiro and Gota has reached C2 (7000m). They will
climb to C3 (7800m) today and plan to attempt Cho-Oyu
summit tomorrow. In case you are wondering: The oldest
climber currently to Summit an 8000 meter peak is Mr.
Felicien Morel, Swiss (66 years old).
Miura, "the man who skied down Everest" is
back! Well he never really went away, but he plans to
attempt Everest in 2003 at age 70! He is currently
warming up on Cho Oyu.
Miura and his son, Gota Miura, are both on the Expedition
this spring to Cho-Oyu. Yuichiro Miura, the Japanese
professional adventure skier whom mostly well known
Internationally as “The Man who Skied down Mt.
Everest”, at age of 69 years and 6 month is back to
Himalaya again after 32nd years since he skied down
from South Col of the Everest. This year’s Cho-Oyu
Expedition is his preparatory climb for his Everest
2003 Expedition of which he aims to set the world
record of eldest man to climb the mountain (at age of
70)... His son, Gota Miura (32 years old) is not
professional climber but he was the twice
representative of Japanese Free-Style Mogle skier for
both 1994 and 1998 winter Olympic. Although this
year’s Cho-Oyu Expedition is preparatory one, if he
makes the summit, he will be become oldest person to
climb an 8000 meter peak.
satellite phone and e-mail, they reported that they
will be starting their summit attempt as of today
(May/6) and if all the condition allows, their
expected summit day will be on the May 9th.
Miura Team picture and CV is below ! check it out !
CEO, Miura Dolphins Co.,LTD & Yuichiro Miura
Master, Clark Memorial International Academy
Japan Roller Luge Association (JRLA)
Advisor, Oji Ryokka Co. LTD
Advisory Board member for, Ministry of
Transportation and Ministry of Education
in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. He became first
Japanese Professional Skier to participate various
International competitions including US
Professional Ski Circuit, Italian Kilometer
Lanchard (Speed Skiing Competition) where in 1964
accomplished world Speed skiing record of 172.084
km at that time. Among many of expeditions and
competition, his most well known worldwide
accomplishment is in 1970 when he became first man
ever to ski down the world’s highest peak -
Mt. Everest - from South col at 8,000 m
altitude. Its documentary film “THE MAN
WHO SKIED DOWN EVEREST” has won the Academy
award (Foreign Documentary film division) in 1976.
After Everest’s descent, he succeeds to ski down
from highest peaks of seven continents.
World wide known Adventure Skier as well as
opinion leader in Japan from Sports, Culture to
Education.. He has written variety of books,
and produced series of adventure documentary
Sports International Award, Spanish Mountaineering
Honorary Member, Oscar Prize (Foreign Documentary
film), Honorary Citizen for State of Washington,
Golden Eagle award at New York Film Festival
(Antarctica Documentary film), International
Adventure Film Festival Special awards. Etc.
Graduated University of Hokkaido, Master in
Joined International Professional Ski Racer’s
Association USA Competed
in Professional Ski Circuit (USA)
Become first Japanese ever to compete in Kilometer
Lanchard Italy. World Speed Skiing Record of
172.084, at that time.
Skied down Mt Fuji, using parachute as stopping
down Kosciusko (2,245m) , highest peak in
Skied down Mt. McKinley (6,194m), highest peak in
Skied down Mt.Popocatepetoro, highest peak in
Skied down Mt. Everest (8,848m) from South col
world record of skiing down from highest point on
the earth. (Guinness World Record Registered)
Invited by Spanish Mountaineering Association.
Received Spanish Sports Heroic award. Become
honorary member to the association.
member at World Mountaineering & Adventure
conference in Italy.
Professor University of Aomori, opened Natural
Board of Advisory, Ministry of Education
Foreign Documentary Film - Oscar Award, “The
Man Who Skied down Everest”
Skied in Antarctica (this documentary film has won
Golden Eagle Award at New York Film Festival)
down Mt Kilimanjaro(5,895m), highest peak in
family members – his father Keizo (77)
established eldest record and his son Gota (11)
established youngest record for climbing.
Skied down Mt.Vinson Massif (5,140m), highest peak
Skied down Mt.Elbrus (5,633m) Russia, highest peak
Founded Japan Professional Ski Association,
Board of Advisory, Japan Ski
Japan Mogul Ski Association
Organized and hosted “Mountain Summit” in
Honorary Guest, His Imperial highness Prince
Hironomiya and Prince Akishino.
Climbed Himalaya Gokyo Peak (5,360m), expedition
included 5 High school students from Clark
Memorial International Academy.
Climbed Himalaya Mera Peak (6,476m), expedition
included 2 students from Clark of which one
made youngest record (age 16) for Japanese climber
to reach the summit above 6,000m
is currently training to aim the summit of Mt
Everest in 2003 at age of 70 years old.