Everest in the news
First the bad news. The Greenpeace photos were shown with the report in the Dundee Courier on 31 May, showing how the Middle Rongbuk glacier had retreated since 1968, and snows had disappeared from surrounding peaks. This has implications not just for those who manage to reach such remote regions and like to see impressive glaciers! More seriously, it is indicative of the likely impact of global warming on the stores of fresh water trapped in the mountain ice, which millions of people depend on in the countries bordering the Himalayas. China's main rivers, the Yellow River and the Yangtse, both have their sources in the Himalayas and hundreds of millions of people depend on them for water. I also spotted detailed coverage in the Guardian.
Katsusuke Yanagisawa was 71 years, two months and two days old when he reached the summit of Everest on May 22 according to the Courier's report on 30 May. The retired teacher said it "was much more difficult than I expected. It was difficult to breath, hard to walk." As well, it's good to hear that it wasn't a stroll in the park anyway. Apparently another Japanese climber, Yuichiro Miura, who lost the record as a result, intends to try again next year at the age of 75! That suggests some of us still have plenty of time to set our sights on the summit of the world.
The Courier featured a photo taken at the summit, and the Guardian gave a double-page spread to another photo from the climb.
See also the Guardian's report on his achievement.