kottke.org posts about Yuichiro Miura

Skiing down Mount EverestFeb 22 2010

Forty years ago, Yuichiro Miura skied down Mount Everest.

"When I planned to ski Everest, the first thing I faced was 'How can I return alive?'" he recalls. "All the preparation and training was based on this question. But the more I prepared, I knew the chance of survival was very slim. Nobody in the world had done this before, so I told myself that I must face death. Otherwise, I am not eligible."

Miura's exploits were the subject of The Man Who Skied Down Everest, which won the Oscar for best documentary.

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