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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
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.
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.
Good to hear, Alan. Thanks for keeping us up to date. Gosh, I hope he makes it too...and, of course, descends safely.
Very cool. Thanks for sharing, Alan. How long has it been since a fall summit? And this effort is via the West Ridge... Wow.
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not."
I thought a few parties a year made fall attempts. The infamous year of 1996 had three fall (er, autumn) fatalities.
TravelingMatt wrote:The infamous year of 1996 had three fall (er, autumn) fatalities.
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.
Nobukazu Kuriki abandons Everest climb due to high winds knocking him off his feet on West Ridge at 8000m near Hornbein Couloir. Outstanding effort.
Not 100% sure it probably depends on getting sponsors but it would be great to see him succeed one day.
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