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    81-year-old abandons attempt to climb Everest

    May 29, 2013
    Yuichiro Miura, here climbing Lohtse Face, still holds the record as his rival Min Bahadur Sherchan of Nepal abandons his climb. Photo from Yuichiro Miura Everest 2013 on Facebook.

    KATMANDU, Nepal — An 81-year-old Nepalese man has abandoned his attempt to climb Mount Everest, leaving a Japanese mountaineer with the record as the oldest person to scale the world's highest mountain.

    Team member Dame said Wednesday that Min Bahadur Sherchan returned from Everest because weather conditions were worsening late in the spring climbing season for the Himalayas. Sherchan was having financial difficulties and a government grant for his climb only came last week.

    Sherchan had held the record until last week when 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain.

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    Yuichiro Miura, here climbing Lohtse Face, still holds the record as his rival Min Bahadur Sherchan of Nepal abandons his climb. Photo from Yuichiro Miura Everest 2013 on Facebook.
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