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TOPIC: Japanese climber to make 1st attempt on Everest since killer avalanche

Japanese climber to make 1st attempt on Everest since killer avalanche 2 years, 3 months ago #1124

Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki will be the first and only climber attempting to summit Mount Everest this season, nearly five months after dozens died in an avalanche, the mountain's deadliest accident to date.

While the fall climbing season is a tough enough time to attempt to scale the world's highest mountain, the 33-year old plans to climb solo, without oxygen and -- even more astonishingly -- minus several fingers and a thumb he lost in a previous attempt.

Kuriki's hands were seriously damaged by frostbite during his 2012 attempt on Everest's West Ridge. His fingers were amputated to the first joint. He can use his right thumb for grip but isn't able to fully use an ice ax -- a critical part of a mountaineer's safety equipment.

Kuriki is no stranger to Everest's extreme conditions, from both the Chinese and Nepalese sides of the mountain. His September solo quest will be the Hokkaido climber's fifth attempt to summit the mountain -
* In 2009, Chinese officials ordered him off the mountain before he could complete his climbing schedule.
* Bad weather and a fatal accident with his crew ended a 2010 attempt from the Nepalese side of the mountain.
* On a subsequent try in 2011, his tent poles, supplies and cooking gas were dug up by Himalayan crows at his final camp
* In 2012, extreme cold and high winds ended his quest and left him with serious frostbite.

Although he's successfully summited a number of 8,000-meter peaks in Nepal including Cho Oyu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Mount Broad Peak, the odds of him successfully conquering Everest at 8,850 meters (29,035 feet), aren't great.

Most climbers use oxygen to combat the effects of the notorious death zone -- above 8,000 meters -- where the oxygen level in the air is so low, it can't sustain human life. Without supplementary oxygen, climbers battle fatigue and confusion which can lead to accidents. Kuriki, who likes the challenge of winter climbing, will climb without oxygen increasing his risks significantly.

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Re: Japanese climber to make 1st attempt on Everest since killer avalanche 2 years, 1 month ago #1126

Update:

Nobukazu Kuriki had abandoned his attempt to reach the summit because of poor weather. He gave up his attempt about 700 metres (2,300ft) below the the 8,850-metre summit.

“I tried my best, but I judged that I would not be able to come back alive if I went any further given the strong winds and deep snow,” Kuriki wrote on his Twitter account while descending from the mountain.

Full story: www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/08/ja...bid-to-scale-everest
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Re: Japanese climber to make 1st attempt on Everest since killer avalanche 1 year, 8 months ago #1127

Wow!
What an athlete.
Awe inspiring.


DonAmit wrote:
Update:

Nobukazu Kuriki had abandoned his attempt to reach the summit because of poor weather. He gave up his attempt about 700 metres (2,300ft) below the the 8,850-metre summit.

“I tried my best, but I judged that I would not be able to come back alive if I went any further given the strong winds and deep snow,” Kuriki wrote on his Twitter account while descending from the mountain.

Full story: www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/08/ja...bid-to-scale-everest
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