Woman, 73, breaks record for climbing Mt. Everest for second time

Posted May 20, 2012 by Leigh Goessl
A Japanese woman recently broke the world record for being the world's oldest woman to climb Mount Everest. This is not her first record-breaker, she had set the record on a previous climb in 2002.
Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest
According to Reuters, Tamae Watanabe, 73, made the ascent up the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) Mount Everest, along with a Japanese partner and three Nepali Sherpa guides. This successful climb beat her earlier record she'd set 10 years ago, at age 63.
Reportedly, the team reached the top of Mount Everest at 7 a.m. Nepali time, and she had begun her journey to the top from the north ridge route that starts in Tibet.
Her last record was set on May 16, 2002, and stood for the last decade, until now, further solidifying her title. Japan Times reported this record could remain unchallenged for decades.
"Watanabe and other climbers are in good physical condition. They are descending to their last camp which is located at an altitude of 8,300 metres (27,230 feet)," said Ang Tshering Sherpa, who runs the Asian Trekking company said. The company had provided logistics to the team.
Watanabe had worked for Yamanashi Prefecture as an office worker and is now retired.
The record for oldest person to scale the mighty peak was set in 2008 by Min Bahadur Sherchan, who successfully completed the climb of Mount Everest at age 76 years and 340 days.