At Everest Base Camp on the south side of the mountain, two octogenarians are preparing for trips to the summit. Min Bahadur Sherchan, 81, of Nepal and Yuichiro Miura, 80, of Japan, are both trying to become the oldest person ever to reach the top of the world.
The last time the two climbers faced each other on Everest was in 2008. At that time, Sherchan claimed the standing world record when he reached the summit at age 76, beating Miura (who was 75) by just one day. Miura had climbed the mountain before in 2003 at the age of 70.
The rival between the two men seems to be one sided. While Sherchan says he simply wants to fulfill his dream of climbing the mountain in his 80s, Miura has been quoted as saying, "records are meant to be broken." In order to claim the title, the slightly younger Miura will have to be the only one of the two climbers to reach the summit.
In the next couple of weeks, the men will leave Base Camp for their journey to the top. The Sherpa team currently fixing ropes up the mountain is scheduled to complete the job tomorrow, allowing commercial climbing groups to begin their ascents once the weather is clear.