The only person to attempt to summit 29,028-foot Mt. Everest this year was Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki. Nobu has already lost 9 fingers attempting to climb Everest 4 different times.
“I tried hard taking all my energy, but it took too much time to move in deep deep snow.”
“I realised if I kept going, I wouldn’t be able to come back alive.” – Nobukazu via Facebook
The 33-year-old Nobuakzu did get very high on the mountain and even made an attempt at the 29,028-foot summit. This was his 5th summit attempt in the past 6 years.
Nobukazu lost 9 of his fingers to frostbite after spending two days in a snow cave at 27,000-feet while attempting to summit Everest in temperatures below -20ºC in 2012.
No one will summit Mt. Everest this year. The first time this has happened since 1974.
Only 29% of climbers who attempt Everest successfully summit. 1 in 10 climbers who summit die on the way down the mountain.