Vietnam’s 83-year-old mountain climber gets Asian record

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Huynh Van Rang, 83, atop the 3,143-meter Mount Fansipan. Photo credit: Vietnam Book of Records (Vietkings)

The Asia Book of Records on Thursday officially recognized an 83-year-old man in Vietnam as the oldest person to climb to the top of Fansipan, the tallest peak in Indochina, according to the Vietnam Book of Records (Vietkings).
Huynh Van Rang of Binh Duong Province has climbed to the top of the 3,143-meter Mount Fansipan four times, in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Rang climbs Mount Fansipan. Photo credit: Vietkings
He said the key to his flexibility and good health is moderate exercise and an appropriate diet.
Fansipan is dubbed "the Roof of Indochina". It is located in the northwestern province of Lao Cai and is 9 km southwest of of the town of Sapa in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range.
Rang is the fourth Vietnamese elder to receive a record from the Asia Book of Records. Nguyen Thi Tru, a 121-year-old woman, was recently recognized as the oldest living person in Asia while Cao Vien, 106, and his wife Vu Thi Hai, 100, were recognized as the oldest living (married) couple in Asia.

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