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Nepal considers age restrictions on Everest after 85-year-old dies climbing

On Saturday, according to the BBC, Nepali mountaineer Min Bahadur Sherchan died on Mount Everest while attempting to reclaim the record as the oldest person to ever summit the mountain. Sherchan was 85.

As reported by the BBC, in 2008 Sherchan set a record by reaching the peak of Mount Everest at age 76, but had his record broken in 2013 by Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura, who reached the summit at age 80.

Earlier this year, Sherchan told DPA International he hoped his climb could serve as an inspiration to others.

“I want to climb Everest to set a record so that it will inspire people to dream big. This will instill a sense of pride among old people like me,” Sherchan told DPA International in March. “My climb will demonstrate that age doesn’t stop you from realizing your goal.”

Per the Kathmandu Post, Sherchan died at base camp Saturday afternoon, likely from a heart attack.

Now, according to the Associated Press, Sherchan’s death has made mountaineering officials within Nepal consider placing an age limit on who is allowed to climb the world’s tallest mountain. At present, nobody under the age of 16 is allowed to climb Everest, but there is no upper age limit.

“It is very necessary to immediately bring that age limit law. If there had been a limit, the loss of life could have been prevented,” Ang Tshering, head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told the AP.

Tshering told the AP his association hopes to push for an upper age limit of 76 going forward.

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