Miura Safely Returns to South Col: 2003/5/22 Nepal
Time : 7:25pm (10:40pmJapan Time)
All members of Miura team have finally returned to C4
(7900m) at South Col. The following are further
from South Col via Radil to
BC. Yuichiro Miura: "Ever since I skied down the Everest 33 years ago, I
promised to myself that I would one day stand at the summit of Mt. Everest.
During these years, I have skied down the World's Seven Summits, and at the
age of 70, I was finally able to stand on the summit of the world after
training for 5 years, moreover was able to make the world record of being the
oldest man to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. I learned that humans can
achieve any dream as long as they continue to challenge and not give up. This
time challenge is also very special for me and am very happy, as I was able to
climb with my
second son Gota, Mr. Noriyuki Muraguchi the best climber and the best alpine
photographer, and the best team of Sherpas."
Gota Miura "Although I am
outrageously exhausted, I've never felt so fabulous and wonderful in my life."
The previous update is below...
Update 13 May 22nd 2003: Dear EverestNews.com,
EVEREST 2003 EXPEDITION
WORLD’S HIGHEST SUMMIT: MT. EVEREST (8848m)
MAN TO CONQUER MT. EVEREST PLUS 2 WORLD RECORDS ACHIEVED-
At 12:10pm(Nepal Time), May
22nd, 2003, the summit conquered
(Japan Time: At 3:25pm, May
satellite phone from the summit.
An eminent pro-skier
Yuichiro Miura internationally known as “The man who Skied down Everest” and
for skiing down the World’s Seven Summits (Age 70, Pro-Skier, Principal of
Clark Memorial International High School), his second son Gota Miura (Age 33,
Pro-Skier, Japanese Free-style Ski (Mogul) Olympian for Nagano Winter Olympic
Games), and Noriyuki Muraguchi (Age 46, Alpine Photographer) have succeeded in
conquering the world’s highest summit Mt. Everest (8848m) today at 12:10pm
(Nepal Time). As Yuichiro renewed the record of the Oldest Man to Reach Mt.
Everest at Age 70 and 222 days (born Oct/12, 1932) by more than 5 years of
age, the Miura Expedition has achieved 2 other World Records - Yuichiro & Gota
marking the First Japanese Father-and-Son Summit; and Muraguchi marking the
Highest Number of Conquering Mt. Everest as a Japanese National (3 times:
1998, 2000, & 2003) – a total of 3 Records were made. Yuichiro Miura arrived
in Kathmandu on March 20th, and joined Gota and Muraguchi to set up the base
camp at the base of Mt. Everest (5300m), established on April 6th. The team
spent about 40 days to set up the higher camps and for acclimatization. The
Miura Expedition consisted of a total of 3 Japanese climbers and 22 supporting
crew; 11 climbing Sherpas under the direction of Mr. Lhakpa Tenzing Sherpa
(Sirdar), 5 members from Japan including Yuichiro’s first son Yuta (Yuta
Miura, Kazuya Igarashi, Masaru Otaki, Hironori Fujishima, Yoko Yokota) at the
base camp and 5 other local members recruited on site for other supporting
Although the challenge for
the summit began on May 11th, the expedition was intervened by gusts of wind
blowing more than 30 m per second, forcing the team to remain at Camp2 (6500m)
for 5 days. Although the attempt to the summit resumed on the 17th, the team
was again stopped by strong winds and heavy fog, coercing them to stay at Camp
4 (7900m) for 2 days, and at Camp 5 (8400m) for another 2 days. After spending
4 days at super high altitude, the Miura team’s incredible endurance had won
over the capricious Everest weather, and the summit was conquered on the 22nd
in a fabulous condition.
The Year 2003 marks the 50th
Anniversary since the first summit by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1953, and there are
more than 40 expeditions around the world challenging the Mt. Everest to
celebrate this occasion. The Miura Expedition has taken the Southeast Ridge
route with 22 other registered international expeditions (total of 199
climbing permissions), and today was the first day for climbers to reach the
summit from this route this season. The Sherpas who supported the Miuras and
reached the summit together are: Ngatemba Sherpa (40, Climbing Sirdar), Nurubu
Sherpa (35), Chhewang Nima Sherpa (37), Fur Gaylzen Sherpa (28), Penba Nurubu
Sherpa (23), and Nima Norbu Sherpa (23).
Comments radioed from the
Yuichiro Miura: “I am finally
standing on the highest place on Earth, Mt. Everest- the dream I have always
yearned for have finally come true. This was made possible by the tremendous
help by our supporters. There are many things that I want to say now, but will
first get myself down to South Col. Thank you to all who have supported us.”
Gota Miura: “I could see
Tibet and Nepal and the world very well from up here! I am so happy that I
want to hug everyone in the world!! THANK YOU!!”
The summit team is scheduled
to be back at the base camp by May 24th.
The team is scheduled to
return to Japan on June 2nd.