by The Chicago Times Staff

May 31, 2021

CHICAGO — Arthur Muir, 75, was safely returned from Mount Everest on Sunday, where climbing teams had battled bad weather and a coronavirus outbreak.  Muir climbed the peak earlier this month, breaking the 67-year-old record set by another American, Bill Burke.

Muir’s ankle was injured in a climbing accident on Everest in 2019, but that didn’t stop him from attempting to scale the peak again.  He started mountaineering later in life and admitted to being scared and anxious during his most recent expedition.

“You realize how big a mountain it is, how dangerous it is, how many things that could go wrong. Yeah, it makes you nervous, it makes you know some anxiety there and maybe little bit of scared . . . I was just surprised when I actually got to there (the summit) but I was too tired to stand up, and in my summit pictures I am sitting down,” Muir told reporters in Kathmandu.

At the age of 68, Muir began mountaineering with trips to South America and Alaska before attempting Everest in 2019 and falling off the ladder.

Tsang Yin-hung, 45, of Hong Kong, became the fastest female climber when she reached the summit from base camp in 25 hours and 50 minutes.  Lakpa Gelu, a Sherpa guide, holds the record with a time of 10 hours and 56 minutes.