On May 18/19, 2012, at age 73 Tamae Watanabe became the oldest woman to summit Mount Everest — again. She is Japanese.
The last time she made the record, she was 63. In 2002, at the age of 63, she reached the summit from the southern slope in Nepal. Everest lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet-China.
Tamae Watanabe reached the top of the 8,848-meter (29,028 feet) peak at 7 a.m, according to Ang Tshering, of the China Tibet Mountaineering Association. Watanabe climbed Everest from the nothern slope in Tibet-China and started on her final part of her climb at 8:30 p.m. May 18., 2012 Friday leaving the 8,300-meter staging area with three sherpas.
The Japanese mountaineer was leading Asian Trekking’s International Everest Expedition 2012.Ang Tshering of the China Tibet Mountaineering Association in Nepal tells The Associated Press that the team is in good condition and heading back to the base.
Asian Trekking has a list of Watanabe’s other mountaineering feats, which have taken her all over the world, including Alaska’s Mount McKinley in 1977.
The oldest person to climb Everest is Nepali national Min Bahadur Sherchan who achieved the feat at the age of 76 in 2008. The youngest person is American teenager Jordan Romero from California who reached the summit in 2010 when he was 13.