Michael Banks, a mountaineer who drove across a glacier, has died

Briton Michael Banks became the oldest person to scale the Man of Hoy when he achieved the climb in 2000 at age 77.

A man who drove a tractor over a glacier and later became the oldest man to scale the Man of Hoy, the tallest sea-stack in Britain, has died.

Michael Banks, a former British Royal Marine, was 90 when he died Saturday, The Telegraph reported.

Banks coupled his career as a Royal Marine with expeditions around the world. In 1952, one such expedition took him to Greenland. He was tasked with driving one of four tractors to a base camp.

The Telegraph reported that the drive took an unexpected detour across a glacier. At one point, the tractor Banks was driving fell into a crevasse and was left dangling. Banks managed to cut the engine to prevent an explosion and free a co-driver pinned in by dislodged baggage; both men left the incident unharmed.

That was only one of Banks' many adventures. He was also an avid climber.

The Telegraph reported that in 1990 Saga magazine sponsored Banks' climb of the Old Man of Hoy, which stands at 449 feet.

At 67-years-old, Banks achieved the climb. When he repeated the feat for the third time in 2000 at age 77 he became the Oldest Man of Hoy.

Saga sponsored many of his other mountaineering expeditions, including to the 21,758-foot mountain of Jaonli in northern India.

Banks' wife Pat O'Docherty predeceased him. The couple had no children.

The Telegraph did not list a cause of death.


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