15, 2003 Yuichiro and Gota Miura, Takes Off to the
Yuichiro Miura (Age 70), whom
well known Internationally by “The Man who skied down Mt. Everest” (1970) and
also has skied down the highest peaks of the seven continents, and his second
son Gota Miura (Age 33), the Japanese Free Style Ski (Mogul) Olympian for
Lillehammer (’90) and Nagano (’94) Winter Games, have together departed Japan
to challenge the world’s highest summit Mt. Everest (8,848m) this mid-March.
They are scheduled to spend one month on the site for acclimatization and
adjusting to the high altitude, and they plan to make summit attempt from
early to mid May. If they succeed, two new World Records – The Oldest Man to
Reach the Peak of Mt. Everest (Yuichiro at Age 70, current world record is 65)
and The First Japanese Father & Son Summit – will be achieved.
There will be more than forty
Everest expeditions are expected this season from around the world,
celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the First Summit by Sir Edmund Hillary and
Tenzing Norgay in 1953. The Miura Expedition will take the Southeast Ridge
route from Nepal side through South Col, the same route which Sir Hillary had
taken. This is also the exact route that Yuichiro had skied down the Everest
from 8,000m point in 1970. Yuichiro will again take this route with his son
Gota to achieve the dream of conquering the summit of Mt. Everest, the dream
he never achieved 33 years ago.
Along with the Miuras,
Noriyuki Muraguchi (Age 46) will make the summit attempt and will carry
Hi-vision (high definition) camera to video the official record of the
expedition. Muraguchi, an alpinist and an alpine photographer who himself has
two time experience of reaching the peak of Mt. Everest in 1998 and 2002, will
also be in charge of the Logistics. Furthermore, physical data of the climbers
as well as their progress in the Everest’s severe conditions will be closely
monitored, and will be broadcasted on the internet using the satellite
telecommunication system at the base camp (5300m).
The oxygen concentration level
at the summit of Mt. Everest is just one-third of the level ground.
This challenge will involve
not only an extremely low oxygen level but also extremely low temperature,
dryness, wind gusts, deep snow, glacier walls, demanding exercise, and such
severe conditions, creating a world that appear 20 year old as a 100 year old.
In such inhumane conditions, 70-year-old Yuichiro and 33-year-old Gota’s every
step to the summit and their physical conditions will be monitored and
reported as much as the circumstances will permit.
Monitored data will be as the
1) Environmental Data :
Altitude, Temperature, Location
2) Physical Data : Blood
Oxygen Level (SPO2), Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, etc.
3) Progress Data : Activity
Plan, Diary, Photos, Videos.
Miura (70) Expedition Leader
Miura (33) Expedition sub-leader
Muraguchi (46) Logistics ＆ Camera
Support member （at
Everest Base Camp） Role
Miura (37) Communication & Networks
Igarashi (43) Accounting & Equipment
Hironori Fujishima (64)
Masaru Otaki (60)
Documentary Film direction
Yokota (32) Medical
（total of 17）
Handling Agent： Rolwaling
Tenzing Sherpa (64)
Climbing Sherpa： Chhewang
Nima Sherpa(37), Nurbu Sherpa (35), Pasang Kidar Sherpa(25), Fur Gyalzen
Sherpa (28), Pemba Rita Sherpa (26), Ang Phuri Zalzen Sherpa(27),
Nga Temba Sherpa, 8th time summiter,
Danuru Sherpa(28), Penuri Shrpa (28), Nima Norbu Sherpa (26), Pemba Gyalzen
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