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73-year-old woman climbs Mount Everest

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A 73-year-old Japanese woman has climbed Mount Everest.

The retired office worker has broken a record and is now the oldest woman to reach the peak of the world's highest mountain.

Japanese climber Tamae Watanabe

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However, the lady does not hold the title for the oldest person to make the climb. That title still belongs to Napalese man Min Bahadur Sherchan, who climbed Everest when he was 76 years old in 2008.

Tamae Watanabe reached Everest's highest point at 8,850 metres high (29,035ft) along with four other team members. All five team members including Tamae were in a good condition after their arrival at the top and were able to make their way back down the great landmark without any problems.

Watanabe has renewed her title this year as she first broke the record back in 2002 at the age of 63. She is a keen climber who has conquered the highest mountain in North America, Mount McKinley, as well as going on many other mountaineering expeditions.

The climber's ambition to make the epic climb was fuelled by a rivalry with another Japanese climber, Eiko Funahashi, who also wanted to become the oldest woman in the world to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

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