Yuichiro Miura, the Godfather of Ski and Mountain Climbing

  • At the age of 81, Mr. Yuichiro Miura (三浦雄一郎), a Japanese climber, has touched the summit of the highest mountain in the world, the Mt. Everest, in Nepal. He is the oldest alpinist in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. But this is not his first time to climb Mt. Everest.

    Previously at the age of 70, he had done it too. So, he has broken his own record of being the oldest climber in the world. This Japanese ‘oldest young man’ is definitely a role model for many of new climbers out there.

    Personal Life

    Yuichiro Miura was born in October 1932 in the Aomori prefecture of Tohoku region in Japan. He has completed his education in Hokkaido University. Hokkaido, being the northernmost island of Japan which is famous for its snow-capped mountains, has inspired Yuichiro to start climbing. He has learnt to ski at an early age and is now one among a few extraordinary professional skiers in the world. He has given many lectures and has appeared in many sports events not only in Japan but also across the world. He has his own book named “Takaku Toi Yume ( Highest Dream)” which everyone should read. He became not only the oldest climber but also the fastest skier in the world. In 1964, he set the record in Italy in a skiing competition where he reached unbelievable 172 kph. Later, his fastest ski record has been broken by others. Nevertheless, he is famous for skiing down the world`s highest mountain, Mt. Everest.

    The Man Who Skied Down Everest

    This is a documentary film made in 1970 by the Canadian filmmaker Crawley in which he filmed Yuichiro skiing down the Everest from its summit. It is one of the oldest sports videos you could ever find especially related to extreme winter sports. Yuichiro skied down from the summit of Everest, approximately 6000 feet in just 2 minutes 20 seconds and then he fell down rolling 1000 feet lower followed by a miraculous parachute save. This documentary has won the Academy Award that year and is one of the best sports captures.