Woman, 73, Climbs to Everest Record

Japan’s Tamae Watanabe is oldest female to scale the mountain

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

The next time you think you’re too old to do something, just remember the story of Tamae Watanabe.

The 73-year-old mountaineer from Japan broke her own record earlier this month to retain her title as the oldest woman to climb Mount Everest, USA Today reports, and she’s not hanging up her summiting equipment yet.

“She’s a very strong climber and has always been very active,” Watanabe’s Sherpa, Ang Tshering, tells London’s Daily Telegraph, according to the newspaper. “She has always loved the mountains and has been climbing in the Japanese Alps and around the world for many years.”

And the real altitude booster here? Experts tell USA Today age is becoming less and less of a barrier when it comes to continuing to experience active, or even extreme, feats and physical challenges.

“My guess is that as more people ‘age up’ who have been active their whole lives and are really committed, we will see more interesting things from people in the 60-to-80 age range,” exercise specialist Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic tells the newspaper.

We’ll begin with scaling the stairs at the office. Hey, it’s a start, right?

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