Kuriki fails to summit Everest
October 09 2015 11:02 PM
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Kathmandu

A one-fingered Japanese climber who was attempting the first summit of Mount Everest since this year’s deadly quake said he had turned back before reaching the summit.
This is the fifth season Nobukazu Kuriki, who lost nine fingers on the mountain in 2012, has tried to scale the world’s highest peak and he is the only climber making the dangerous attempt this year.
Climbers have abandoned Everest after an earthquake-triggered avalanche killed 18 people at the mountain’s base camp, and regular aftershocks since have increased the chance of avalanches.
“Did my best, but figured will not be able to return alive if I go further due to strong wind and heavy snow,” the 33-year-old wrote Thursday on his Twitter account.
Kuriki said continuing his attempt to scale the 8,848m (29,029ft) colossus in those conditions would leave him dangerously exposed, with not enough time to return safely to camp.
His overnight ascent had taken him well into the “death zone” — the height above 8,000m notorious for its difficult terrain and thin air.
“Decided to climb down at around 8,150m ... I truly appreciate everyone’s support,” he added.
Scaling Everest has been all but abandoned this season following April’s earthquake, which killed nearly 8,900 people and devastated large parts of Nepal, including the capital
Kathmandu.

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