After losing nine fingers and one unsuccessful summit bid on the world’s tallest mountain this year, Nobukazu Kuriki has once again failed to summit Everest. The Japanese Alpinist was permitted by the Nepalese government as the only climber allowed to attempt the summit this year after a disastrous earthquake shook the Himalayan country earlier this year.
After being turned around on September 26 due to deep snow conditions, Kuriki decided to try the summit one more time on October 1st. He reached the final camp on October 6th.
However, during his final push towards the summit, Kuriki once again encountered deep snow conditions but with the addition of heavy winds.
Heres what Kuriki had to say about the summit bid on his Facebook Page:
I’ve done my best, but I decided to descend.
After I left the final camp (7600m) at 7:15pm on 7th for summit push, I climbed up to 8150m, but it was too windy and took too much time to go in deep snow.
In the wind getting stronger, I realized even if I kept going to the summit, I wouldn’t be able to go back to the final camp alive in the strong wind.
It was really tough decision, but I started to descend at 3:35am from 8150m.
Thank you so much for all your support.
I appreciate you all.
(8 Oct 2015)
With the failed attempts, this year will become the first year where no human being has stood on the summit of the world’s highest peak since 1974.