Your New Hero: Meet The 73-Year-Old Woman Who Climbed Mt. Everest [VIDEO]
12:00 pm, July 2nd | by Amy Tennery
Watanabe, a Japanese climber, has just broken the world record for the oldest woman to ever climb Everest, the world’s tallest peak. Of course, the record she broke was her own — the last time she climbed Everest she was 63. Oh. Sure.
Watanabe recently sat down with CNN to talk about her experiences climbing. “I’m like a goat or something that likes high places. Someone like me enjoys high places,” Watanabe explained. She’s like a goat! A really strong, tough, fabulous, inspirational goat.(You can see a segment from the interview below).
What’s most striking about Watanabe, all adorable human-animal comparisons aside, is her insistence that she climbs because she truly loves it. She’s not out for attention or fortune (as far as we can tell). And when the CNN reporter asked her, essentially, why on earth would you climb Mount Everest in your 70s, she gave the perfect answer:
“When I think of it I think it’s because I like being in nature. And there aren’t many people in high places, right?”
Watanabe says she won’t climb Mount Everest again — but only because she has more mountains she’d like to tackle instead.
Watch the inspiring segment from CNN here: