Josh Fink Comments on 80-Year-Old's Mount Everest Trek

Josh Fink, who had a successful mountain climbing career, is issuing comment on an 80-year-old's quest to summit Mount Everest.

Apr 29, 2013, 06:00 ET from Josh Fink

NEW YORK, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Josh Fink, an outdoor enthusiast, is speaking out on an 80-year-old mountain climber's quest to make it to the top of Mount Everest. A new article describes Japanese native Yuichiro Miura's ambitions. Miura has already made the trip twice, summiting Everest once in 2003 and again in 2008. He even skied down the mountain once, navigating a journey down from 26,000 feet. Should Miura reach the top of the peak, he will become the oldest person in the world to do so, beating out Nepalese national Min Bahadur Sherchan, a record attained when he was 76-years-old.

The mountain is 29,029 feet above sea level, and is the highest point on the planet. It has gained attention in recent months, as a woman summited it twice in one week. Then a young man with Down's syndrome hiked 70 miles to Everest Base Camp.

Miura comments on his goal stating, "The record is not so important for me. It is important to get to the top." He issued this statement from the capital of Nepal, just prior to his departure for his lengthy journey.

Josh Fink comments on Miura's goals. "Mr. Miura's spirit is truly impressive. He is helping to break down age barriers associated with the sport of mountain climbing. Journeys like this are truly remarkable, and it is exciting that age is no longer a factor when it comes to climbing peaks. Reading about this makes me want to go climbing again. Mr. Miura is truly an inspiration to climbers and people in general all over the world."

Miura's journey is even more remarkable because he has undergone four heart surgeries and is still determined to complete his quest. These health issues are a concern for Miura's loved ones and doctors. In order to ensure his safety as he begins his climb, he and the team of nine others embarking on the journey with him will be joined by a heart specialist. This professional will help to keep an eye on Miura and monitor his health as he continues his climb.

If the journey remains on schedule, Miura and his team explain that they hope to reach the top of Mount Everest sometime in May.

Josh Fink comments on Miura's plans. "It is important that Mr. Miura pays attention to his health, and the fact that a heart specialist is joining him on his trek is an important point. Any climber, regardless of age, must pay attention to how their journey is impacting their body. The need for proper nutrition and hydration is also essential." Josh Fink recommends that all climbers get a thorough physical prior to embarking on a challenging climbing expedition.


Josh Fink is an outdoor enthusiast who spent much of his younger years climbing some of the world's most famed mountains. He made journeys to the top of Mount Everest, Kilimanjaro, The Matterhorn, and the Andes. Now, Josh Fink prefers to participate in more low impact outdoor sports, such as fishing, canoeing, and camping. He spread his love of nature to his two children. 

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