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Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby Alan Arnette » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:20 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 Vitaliy M. » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:33 pm

Seems like you know quite a lot about what is going on on Everest, Alan. I saw your article in the Rock and Ice magazine. Do you have a lot of personal contacts in the area, or how are you able to keep track about so much that goes on half way around the world? Thank you for posting.
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby Alan Arnette » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:40 pm

Hi Vitaliy. I have spent almost 9 months of my life on Everest with a summit in 2011. I have a deep respect for the mountain, climbers, Sherpas and culture of Nepal and Tibet. Thus I have developed an interest in all things Everest and follow it closely and have friends in good places :) I have been posting daily updates on my blog throughout the season when I am not there. I try to cut through the fog and bad press that often comes with these big mountains thus the Rock and Ice article.

Here's to Nobukazu's safety and success
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Re: Rare Fall Everest summit push underway today

Postby Alan Arnette » Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:18 am

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 lsheen » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:28 am

Another Himalayan climber with the courage to turn back - and live to tell the tale!

Extreme summits are kewl... ascents in tough seasonal conditions are a badge of courage... completing severe routes like Everest's West Ridge are true prizes... but deciding to turn back below the summit when it's just not right is the ultimate expression of bravery and wisdom.

Glad to hear this!

Peace,

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