CHAMONIX, France (AP) -- Yuichiro Miura, the first person to ski down Mount Everest, took his pursuit of adventure to the French Alps on Wednesday, tackling an arduous, avalanche-prone course with his son and 99-year-old father.
Together, the three generations braved howling winds and freezing temperatures to traverse the famed Mont Blanc's Valle Blanche, or White Valley.
Keizo Miura, who turned 99 on Saturday, wanted to ski down the glacier to mark his birthday. He required supplementary oxygen after being dropped off at the 12,700-feet high Aiguille du Midi, one of the highest points in Europe that can be reached by cable car.
''What more could I imagine than the Valle Blanche!'' Keizo said before setting off on the off-piste course that is notorious for avalanches.
According to a family associate in Tokyo, Keizo skied down the glacier all by himself except for one spot with a dangerous crevice where his 37-year-old grandson, Yuta Miura, piggybacked him through.
When they arrived at the camp base, Keizo was greeted by his 3-year-old great-granddaughter Rio and other family members.
The Miura family, ski legends in their homeland of Japan, were followed down the mountain by dozens of other family members, friends and onlookers.
Yuichiro, 70, holds the record for skiing down the slopes of the highest peaks on the seven continents, including the world's highest, Mount Everest, in 1970. His son, Yuta, was once a substitute member of Japan's Olympic alpine skiing team.
Keizo is still an active man of the mountains, serving as ski instructor in winter and mountaineering guide in summer.
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