KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An 84-year-old mountaineer who became the oldest person to attempt to climb all the world’s highest peaks was rescued from a mountain in Nepal on Thursday, where he was injured.
Spanish climber Carlos Soria attempted to scale Mount Dhaulagiri but injured himself on the way to the summit.
He was flown down the mountain in a rescue helicopter and taken to a hospital in Kathmandu for treatment.
Sherpa guides and fellow climbers helped him down the mountain to base camp Wednesday after his injury.
Soria had climbed twelve of the world’s 14 highest mountains over 8,000 meters (26,240 feet), including Mount Everest, the highest of all.
Hundreds of climbers and their guides attempt to scale Nepal’s highest peaks during the popular spring climbing season, when weather conditions in the mountains are most favorable.
The season starts in March and ends in May. After that, the weather worsens and it is dangerous to stay on the mountain.