The One Fingered Mountaineer : Nobukazu Kuriki

Nobukazu Kuriki

Nobukazu Kuriki (Photo: Facebook/kurikiyama)

Nobukazu Kuriki, Japanese mountaineer born in 1982 was the first climber to lead the Mt. Everest expedition since the devastating 25th April earthquake in Nepal. However he had to abandon the expedition due to fresh deep snow after attempting a final push to reach the summit, according to his Facebook Page.

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, so I decided to descend.

Kuriki started his climbing career from his college days and since then have never looked back. He has climbed the highest mountain of 6 continent and 3 of 8000 meter Himalayan Mountain, all without supplement oxygen.  Having almost achieved glory on most of the high mountain, Everest has denied his for 5 times [including the recent 2015 everest expedition after earthquake], 3 from Nepal and 2 from Tibet, each time with the summit view.

The fall of 2012 came out to be one of his unforgettable attempts on Everest. During his ascent of Everest Kurki got severe frostbite on his fingers, toe and nose.  His toes and nose got healed; however he had to amputate 2/3 of his 9 fingers.

From the year of 2009, Nobukazu started to webcast live from mountains on the internet in order to share his adventure with people all over the world.

I’m so happy to be able to challenge again to Mount Everest even after I lost 9 fingers by frostbite. I want to reach the summit and share my adventure with many people by live webcasting.


You can check out the webcasting of the 2015 Everest expedition at his Youtube Channel. Nobukazu Kuriki has already descend to the base camp “Everest base camp” and is planning to climb again the summit of the Everest. [Thursday, 8 October 2015]. Nobukazu Kuriki is the first and only climber attempting to summit Everest this season.


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