Japanese Woman Breaks Own Record as Oldest to Scale Everest
73-year-old Tamae Watanabe last set the record a decade ago, at age 63.
Tamae Watanabe, shown here in 2004, broke her own decade-old record as the oldest woman to climb the world's highest peak. (PHOTO: COURTESY AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE / May 19, 2012)
The last time she set the record, she was 63.
She reached the top of the world's highest peak with four other team members morning after an all-night climb, according to the mountaineering group Asian Trekking.
Ang Tshering of the China Tibet Mountaineering Association in Nepal reported that the team is in good condition and heading back to the base.
Asian Trekking has a list of Watanabe's other mountaineering feats, which have taken her all over the world, including Alaska's Mount McKinley in 1977.
The oldest man to climb Everest was Min Bahadur Serchan, who was 76 when he reached the highest point on Earth in 2008, according to the Guinness World Records. Radio Australia News reports the youngest person to climb the mount was 13-year-old American Jordan Romero in 2010.