Teruo Matsuura born 2/19/34 summited
Everest with Naomi Uemura on May 11th, 1970 to become the first
Japanese Climbers to Summit Everest. Naomi Uemura became very
As the story goes, Teruo Matsuura
reached to the top first. Though Naomi Uemura led almost all route
from the last camp to the top, and at final moment, Uemura gave way to
the elder Matsuura.
1970: Japanese SW
Face Expedition led by the seventy-year old veteran Saburo Matsukata.
A massive expedition with 39 climbers, seventy-seven Sherpas and a woman, Setsuko
Watanabe. Unable to improve on the previous year's
reconnaissance efforts due to poor snow conditions and
rockfall, the expedition switches to the standard South Col
route. Teruo Matsuura and Naomi Uemura reach the summit on May
11, followed by K. Hirabayashi and
Sherpa on the next
day. Watanabe sets an altitude record for women by climbing
to the South Col.