Alaska - This summer, 74-year-old Sadao Hoshiko of Oitashi,
Japan, became the oldest person to successfully summit Mt. McKinley,
North America’s highest peak at 20,320 feet. Hoshiko and the five
other members of the Mountain Gorilla 2005 expedition, all younger
men, made it from the High Camp at 17,200 feet to the summit in
around 10 hours of climbing in blizzard conditions.
This was better
than the average time, which takes teams anywhere from 8-24 hours. Hoshiko sustained some minor frostbite on the tip of his nose, but
was otherwise none the worse for his stay on the mountain. He has
been climbing since he was 20 years old, and has scaled mountains
all over the world. The previous record holder was Mario Locatelli,
of Montana, who summited in 2004 at the age of 71.