The Only Person Climbing Everest This Year Abandons Attempt

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Nobukazu Kuriki
Nobukazu Kuriki

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

Nobukazu Kuriki
Nobukazu Kuriki

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.

An avalanche on April 25th, 2015 killed 9,000 people in Nepal and caused an avalanche that killed 18 people at Everest Base Camp.

Nobukazu Kuriki after his accident in 2012 that lead to losing 9 of his fingers.
Nobukazu Kuriki after his accident in 2012 that lead to losing 9 of his fingers.

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 yearThe first time this has happened since 1974.

Everest and Nuptse
Everest and Nuptse

Only 29% of climbers who attempt Everest successfully summit.  1 in 10 climbers who summit die on the way down the mountain.

The south route on Everest that Nobukazu was using.
The south route on Everest that Nobukazu was using.

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3 thoughts on “The Only Person Climbing Everest This Year Abandons Attempt

    1. Bob, we just did “fact check” this number and you’re right, it’s a bold number to publish. In looking around we found that no one knows for sure but we found numbers anywhere from 6.5% of summitters perish to 12%. On K2 the number is supposedly 25% of the people who summit die… Again, fuzzy numbers due to lack of accurate records. Good call out. Thanks.

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