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Yuichiro Miura climbed to the summit of the 8,850 metre (29,035 ft) mountain in 2003 and 2008. He skied down Everest from an altitude of 8,000 metres (26,246 ft) in 1970.

Miura and a nine-person team will climb up the standard southeast ridge route, pioneered by SirEdmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when they became the first people to reach the summit in May 1953.

“The record is not so important for me,” the white-haired Miura told Reuters in the Nepali capital,Kathmandu, before setting out for the mountain.

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