Man dies try­ing to be­come old­est climber of moun­tain

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

kathmandu, nepal — An 85year-old man from Nepal died Satur­day while at­tempt­ing to scale Mount Ever­est to re­gain his ti­tle as the old­est per­son to climb the world’s high­est peak, of­fi­cials said.

Min Ba­hadur Sher­chan died at the Ever­est base camp. Moun­taineer­ing of­fi­cial Gya­nen­dra Shrestha, who is at the base camp, said the cause was prob­a­bly car­diac ar­rest but he could not elab­o­rate.

Sher­chan first scaled Ever­est in May 2008 when he was 76 — at the time be­com­ing the old­est climber to reach the top. His record was bro­ken in 2013 by 80-year-old Ja­panese climber Yuichiro Miura.

Be­fore leav­ing for the moun­tain last month, Sher­chan told the As­so­ci­ated Press that once he had com­pleted the climb and had be­come fa­mous, he in­tended to travel to con­flict ar­eas to spread a mes­sage of peace.

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