Congratulations to Leifur Örn Svavarsson and Ingólfur Geir Gissurarsonreach for making Icelanders (and Icelandophiles) proud, each making new records at the top of Mount Everest! According to 66°NORTH, Leifur Örn Svavarsson completed his climb to the top on the evening of 22 May and by doing so became the first Icelander to reach the top of Everest by climbing the north side. Leifur, pictured below, was sponsored by 66°NORTH and sporting his custom made clothing when he reached his goal.
Earlier this week, The Reykjavík Grapevine also reported that at age 50, Ingólfur Geir Gissurarsonreach became the oldest Icelander to climb Everest. Ingólfur began his ascent over a month ago and had been climbing with a team organised by Adventure Consultants, which included 10 climbing enthusiasts from Iceland, Sweden, USA and Australia, a support crew of medical and climbing professionals, as well as 23 local sherpas.
It seems to be a busy and exciting time for climbing enthusiasts as it was also reported this week that an 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier, Yuichiro Miura, who climbed Everest five years ago, but just missed becoming the oldest man to reach the summit, has finally claimed the title. Massive congrats to Miura-san, as well! It remains to be seen if his rival, 81-year-old Nepalese man Min Bahadur Sherchan, who has recently set off on his ascent will break that record.
After hearing about all of these extreme adventurers, I feel like it’s time for me to set a challenging goal for myself. If people well older than me can climb a massive mountain, surely I can climb one, too! Or not… haha. But I must say that I’m inspired to do something to push my limits!