RIP: 85-Year-Old Dies On Mount Everest Trying To Break Record

RIP: 85-Year-Old Dies On Mount Everest Trying To Break Record

By News Agency of Nigeria on May 6, 2017
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Nepali mountain climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, 85, died attempting to climb Mount Everest to break record | Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar
Nepali mountain climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, 85, died attempting to climb Mount Everest to break record | Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

An 85-year-old man from Nepal died Saturday while attempting to scale Mount Everest to regain his title as the oldest person to climb the world’s highest peak, officials said.

According to Fox News, Min Bahadur Sherchan died at the Everest base camp on Saturday evening [May 6, 2017] but the cause of death was not immediately clear, said Dinesh Bhattarai, chief of Nepal’s Tourism Department.

Mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha, who is at the base camp, said the cause was likely cardiac arrest but he could not elaborate due to a poor telephone connection.

Nepali mountain climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, 85, died attempting to climb Mount Everest to break record
In this Tuesday, April 11, 2017 photo, Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, points to a picture to describe the trail to Mount Everest, as he talks to Associated Press at his residence in Kathmandu, Nepal. | AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha

Sherchan, a grandfather of 17 and great-grandfather to six, first scaled Everest in May 2008 when he was 76 — at the time becoming the oldest climber to reach the top.

His record was broken in 2013 by 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura.

Before leaving for the mountain last month, Sherchan told The Associated Press that once he had completed the climb and became famous, he intended to travel to conflict areas to spread a message of peace.

He had trained for months before the attempt, saying that he did not suffer from any respiratory problems and his blood pressure was normal.

Mount Everest, Min Bahadur Sherchan, Min Bahadur Sherchan Dies At Everest
In this photograph taken on February 10, 2017, Nepalese mountaineer Min Bahadur Sherchan shows off his 2008 Guinness World Record certificate for being the oldest person to summit Mount Everest — a record that was later broken in 2013 — during an interview with AFP in Kathmandu.
An 85-year-old former Gurkha is making a bid to reclaim his title as the world’s oldest person to summit Mount Everest. A Guinness World Record certificate hangs proudly in Min Bahadur Sherchan’s Kathmandu home and by the end of this year’s spring climbing season he hopes to have a second one hanging next to it.
/ AFP / Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Being born in the mountains, he said he had did not have any problems with high altitude or the low levels of oxygen there.

Sherchan’s love of mountaineering began in 1960 when he was assigned by the Nepalese government to be a liaison officer for the Swiss team climbing Mount Dhaulagiri.

He later became an apple farmer and constructed roads and dams before settling down to run hotels in Kathmandu.



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