Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

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Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby Alan Arnette » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:17 pm

30 y/o Japanese Kuriki Nobukazu, just left Everest West Ridge High Camp for summit. No one has tried what he is doing: West Ridge, alone, no supplemental oxygen AND in the Fall. There is only one other team on Everest, Korean and a Polish team for Lhotse. So extremely unique. This is Nobukazu's 4th Fall attempt on Everest. The West Ridge is one of the most dangerous Everest routes with only been 5 summits via the West Ridge with 9 deaths. You can follow his progress on Facebook and Twitter at http://on.fb.me/V9T4AB http://bit.ly/PtXHzM
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby jbchalk » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:26 pm

Unbelievable, Alan! Thanks for posting. I have been semi-following obscure comments on explorersweb regarding his progress. Now I guess I wish I had a FB or Twitter account. Then again, maybe I don't.

Godspeed Kuriki!
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby Alan Arnette » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:30 pm

Funny Brandon! He is currently past the Hornbein Couloir making good time. I think he will take a few hours rest before pushing onward, and then he has to descend. I'm not sure of his descent route, same way or normal South Col. I hope is makes it.
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby jbchalk » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:34 pm

Good to hear, Alan. Thanks for keeping us up to date. Gosh, I hope he makes it too...and, of course, descends safely.
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby JB99 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:46 pm

Very cool. Thanks for sharing, Alan. How long has it been since a fall summit? And this effort is via the West Ridge... Wow.
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby TravelingMatt » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:52 pm

I thought a few parties a year made fall attempts. The infamous year of 1996 had three fall (er, autumn) fatalities.
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby smoove » Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:12 pm

TravelingMatt wrote:The infamous year of 1996 had three fall (er, autumn) fatalities.


Oy....
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby Alan Arnette » Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:17 pm

The last successful Fall climb was by in 2010 by Eric Larsen and 5 Sherpas. Before that in 2006 by Dave Hahn, Rob DesLauriers, Kit DasLauriers and Jimmy Chin plus 10 Sherpas; 2002 by Marco Siffredi and 3 SHerpa and some before that. But Nobukazu's is rare for attempting the West Ridge, alone with no O's ... in the Fall.
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby Alan Arnette » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:21 pm

Nobukazu Kuriki abandons Everest climb due to high winds knocking him off his feet on West Ridge at 8000m near Hornbein Couloir. Outstanding effort.
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby cheeseburglar » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:17 pm

Doesn't seem like he lacks persistence. I like him.
Will he try it again next year?
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby Alan Arnette » Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:49 am

Not 100% sure it probably depends on getting sponsors but it would be great to see him succeed one day.

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