Everest Climber Death: Man Dies Trying To Be Oldest to Climb Mountain

Everest Climber Death:  Man Dies Trying To Be Oldest to Climb Mountain

KATHMANDU, Nepa At the age of 85, he died trying to reconquer Everest

This former Gurkha soldier in the British army was about to recover his title taken over by another octogenarian, the Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura, in 2013.

He died trying to reclaim the title of oldest person to climb Everest. An 85-year-old Nepalese man died on Saturday (May 6th) in a base camp on the mountain. The death of Min Bahadur Sherchan was announced by Gyanendra Shrestha, head of the Ministry of Tourism, who did not give the causes.

This former Gurkha soldier of the British army was about to reclaim his title taken over by another octogenarian, the Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura, in 2013 . The former Gurkha had the oldest climber ‘s world record in 2008 when he was 76 years old. Japanese Yuichiro Miura, then 80 years old, had dethroned him five years later on this summit of 8,848 meters.

Mr Sherchan had a long rivalry with a Japanese climber
Mr Sherchan had a long rivalry with a Japanese climber

“My goal is not to break anyone’s record, it’s not a personal competition between individuals. I only wish to beat my own performance, ” said Nepalese grandfather in February before resuming his ascent.

In 2015 he was on his way to base camp for another attempt when a devastating earthquake struck the country, forcing him and many other climbers to abandon their plans.

“I want to climb Everest to set a record so that it will inspire people to dream big,” he told German news agency DPA in March. “This will instil a sense of pride among old people like me.”

The death of Mr. Sherchan is the second to come this spring. In April, the Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck , known to have tamed the most vertiginous summits of the planet , was accidentally deceased, the Kathmandu Post newspaper reported.

About 750 people should attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest from the end of May, high season for mountaineers. Before attacking the summit, candidates for the Everest traveled back and forth between the different camps for several weeks in order to accustom their organism to the extreme conditions of the very high altitude.

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11 thoughts on “Everest Climber Death: Man Dies Trying To Be Oldest to Climb Mountain

  1. He died pursuing his passion. He looks like such a nice man, and he certainly had great achievements. May he rest in peace. Prayers to his family in their time of grief.

  2. Young or old. Blind, crippled or crazy. Eight to eighty. I always find the time to laugh at mountain climbers who fall. Humans aren’t supposed to be up that high. Especially climbers who are 85-years-old. Five of the world’s bests climbers died on Everest. Stay off!

  3. Passed away in a scared place. Some men/women belong to the sea. Some belong in battle. Some men/women belong in the sky. Some men/women belong to the mountains. His spirit lives on Everest and ever.

  4. In today’s society where people are murdered daily or dying to cancer and other diseases, I envy someone dying doing something they love

  5. I have to agree with everyone – what better way to go than doing something you love and apparently in good health or he wouldn’t have been okay to get as far as he did. Bravo!!

  6. 86 year old Everest Climber has Died
    Nepal’s octogenarian mountaineer Min Bahadur Sherchan has died at the base camp of Mt Everest on Saturday afternoon.

  7. So sad, at least he died under the sea doing what he loved. He also invented scuba and snorkeling gear as well. Hope the sharks didn’t eat his corpse after he drowned though.

  8. All these Everest “records” are so stupid. There’s little or no adventure and discovery left there, just risk. And most of that risk is borne by the Sherpas. Fixed ropes along the route. Ladders. Camps stocked for climbers. And crowds, lines of climbers on each section, adding to the risk. It’s just a $$$ thing now that does help the local people, but sometimes at the price of their lives like in 2015. Unless you’re climbing the West Ridge or Great Couloir routes, there’s no mountaineering going on there, just a charade of one.

  9. An 85 year old dies trying to climb Everest. Meanwhile…a bunch of fat slob baby boomer and gen x losers criticize the guy. Now go back to your video games…

  10. At 85 I’d much rather die trying to climb Everest than sitting in a nursing home. At least he went out doing challenging himself and not just paying attention to those that want to tell others how they should live at that age. How many people at that age would even have the balls to attempt such a feat?

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