Truth #10: Age is not a significant factor when it comes to fatalities or success on Everest. The truth about great human adventure feats is seldom found in glossy coffee table books. At 65 years old, Pavel Rezvoy became the oldest rower in the history of ocean rowing - arriving Barbados only 2,5 days after the 23 years old winner. Pavel is just one example that real exploration knows no limits - including age. Image courtesy of the OceanrowingSociety.
On K2 West Face two climbers have been evacuated - both due to altitude induced thrombosis - and both among the youngest: Vitaly Ivanov was born in 1963...
...and Alex Korobkov was born in 1971! (Both images courtesy of RussianClimb)
Things are much more simple than people make them out to be. We seem to be experts at complicating things, Nils told his kids. Image of Nils on the summit of Illimani, courtesy of Fabiola Antezana.
AdventureStats clearly shows (without charge) that there is no correlation between age and fatalities on Everest. Check the link at the end of the story. (Click to enlarge)
"Miura could be considered to be the first speedriding pilot in the world!" says Mal about the Japanese Everest record climber, still going strong.
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A dangerous study is spreading like a wildfire in global news right now. Its conclusion, "On Everest, youth and vigor trump age and experience."The study is based on a total of three (!) 60+ climbers, dying on Everest since 1922. Parts of the study claims there's a 25% risk of dying after Everest summit for people over 60 years old. That number is based on two climbers, out of 10,000 attempts. A basic lesson in small sample sizesWell how about the following stats: Also two 70+ years old have in fact summited Everest. Both...