Man who skied Everest visits IPC

Last updated 12:00 14/09/2012

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The oldest man to climb Mt Everest will speak at IPC in Palmerston North next week.

Yuichiro Miura, 79, first climbed the world's tallest mountain in 2003, at the age of 70.

His record was then broken so on May 26, 2008, Mr Miura once again scaled Mt Everest at the age of 75.

“I have started working towards my next dream at the age of 80.

"I'm very interested in seeing IPC, now 22 years old, achieve its next dream, too," he said.

“Sir Edmund Hillary was always courageous and kept trying to achieve his dreams.

"He was an inspiration to me when I tried to accomplish my own dream, which was to climb Mt Everest."

Mr Miura said his visit was timed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Japan.

He was previously the principal of Clark Memorial International High School in Japan, which is part of the same education organisation as IPC.

Some graduates of his high school are now students at IPC.

Mr Miura was also the first person to ski down Everest when he descended about 1300 vertical metres from the South Col on May 6, 1970.

His achievement was documented in the Academy Award-winning 1975 documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest.

Mr Miura's lecture will be held in IPC's recreation centre at 4pm on September 18. This event is open to the public, though interest should be registered by contacting IPC on 354 0922 or reception@ipc.ac.nz

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