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The Man Who Skied Down Everest

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On this date, May 6th, in 1970 a Japanese Alpinist Yuichiro Miura skied down Mt. Everest.  Think about that for a minute. 

Now watch a portion of his movie The Man Who Skied Down Everest.  I saw this film a few years ago, it's insane.

They don't show it at the very end of the clip but if he didn't stop where he did he would have fallen into a deep crevasse.

I am alive. They say I skied 6600 feet in 2 minutes and 20 seconds. I fell 1320 feet. I stopped 250 feet from the crevasse. Numbers have meaning in the world below. But in this almost airless world, what do they mean? Was it a success or a failure? That I am alive must be the will of some higher power.

As if this man wasn't great enough he became the oldest man to summit Everest at the age of 75 in 2003.  The record has since been broken, but not the man.

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via www.snowdolphins.com

I love the name of his website... Snow Dolphins.

Take a moment to reflect on what this Uncommon Sportsman accomplished on this date.