According to the BBC, the Japanese climber, Nobukazu Kuriki, who has lost 9 fingers attempting to climb Everest 5 times, has abandoned his second attempt at summiting 29,028-foot Mt. Everest this fall.
Nobukazu is the only person to attempt Everest since the earthquake that caused the avalanche that killed 18 people in Everest Base Camp and over 9,000 people in Nepal on April 25th, 2015.
Nobukazu went for the summit yesterday but was turned back due to the vicious high altitude winds characteristic of October in the Himalayas.
“I’ve done my best, but I decided to descend on Thursday at approximately 6:30 a.m. Nepal time. 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 3:35 a.m. from 8,150m (26,7380′). Thank you so much for all your support. I appreciate you all.” – Nobukazu Kuriki via Facebook today
Nobukazu had already attempted to summit once this year in September but gave up that attempt above 26,000-feet stating:
“I tried hard taking all my energy, but it took too much time to move in deep deep snow.”
“I realized if I kept going, I wouldn’t be able to come back alive.” – Nobukazu via Facebook
Everest’s summit will go untouched this year for the first time since 1974.