For the first time in decades, no one has yet summited Mount Everest this year. But later this fall, a single climber from Japan will attempt to get to the top.
A massive earthquake six months ago in Nepal killed thousands of people and shook Mount Everest, where a deadly avalanche swept through base camp.
The climbing season was deemed over on the Nepal side as well as in China, where the Tibetan Mountaineering Association declared “Mount Everest Officially Closed.”
Until now. This fall, Japan’s Nobokazu Kuriki will attempt the summit with a six-person support team. His crew has plans to climb to Camp 2 at about 6,400 meters; from there, Kuriki will continue to the top alone.
Fall Climbing Season
Autumn is not a popular time on Mount Everest, and even in a normal year just a handful of teams attempt to scale the world’s highest point each fall. This year, after the earthquake, where Nepal’s base camp was partially destroyed and climbers were killed, most mountaineers believed 2015 would be skipped altogether.
Good luck to #Japanese climber Nobokazu Kuriki who will embark on an expedition to #Everest this month, after two years of tragedy on the #mountain. This year’s spring season ended after the quake triggered an #avalanche at EBC, killing 18 people. Autumn expeditions are rare because of high winds and rocky terrains that make climbs riskier but Kuriki, who lost 9 of his fingers to #frostbite in his 2012 everest attempt, stuck to his plan because he wants to “climb and help #Nepal”. Photo by @paavan11 #nepalquake #nepalphotoproject AFP story here: https://in.news.yahoo.com/quake-hit-nepal-opens-everest-124414655.html
If successful, Kuriki could be the only person atop the peak this year. He is relying on the expertise of Sherpa “ice doctors” to prepare a route up the mountain’s Khumbu Icefall, a job that is even more dangerous than normal this year.
“Our job is more difficult this year, the mountain has changed,” Ang Kami Sherpa, a lead ice doctor on the mountain, told the AFP. “It is our job to set the route, regardless of the number of climbers.”
Kuriki is in a village near base camp now. He and his team will begin the climb as soon as next week, the Himalayan Times reports.
Beyond Everest, according to a report on the Himalayan Times, more than 230 climbers from across the world have applied for climbing permits on peaks like the 8,163 meter Mount Manaslu.