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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Japan 73 years to scale Everest for the second time


For the second time, a Japanese 73 year old became the oldest woman to climb Mount Everest, repeating her own record of 10 years ago, said the company that organized the climb on Saturday. Tamae Watanabe reached 8850 meters (29.035 feet) from the top with a Japanese partner and three Nepalese Sherpa guides on the morning of Saturday, disseSherpa Ang Tshering, who runs the Asian Trekking company that provided the logistics for the team.  "Watanabe and the other climbers are in good physical condition. They are down to their last camp which is located at an altitude of 8.300 meters (27.230 feet)," he said. Watanabe, who first became the oldest woman to climb the mountain in 2002 at age 63, improved her own record and set a new feat in mountaineering, Sherpa said. She climbed the peak by the Tibetan side of the mountain. Mount Everest straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet. He was cast by 3,700 people since the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Norgay Sherpa climbed to 1953. The list includes a blind person, a man with an artificial leg, an American boy of 13 years and a Nepalese 76 years. About 400 climbers are on both sides of the mountain waiting for better weather to make their attempts to reach the top. Officials of the Ministry of Tourism of Nepal said that dozens of climbers have already climbed the Nepalese side of the mountain.

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