Hornbein: Everest from space showing the steep North Face. The 2500 high wall starts at 6300 meters (the equivalent of 100 meter above the summit of Denali). From the West ridge at app. 7300 meter, Kuriki traversed out on the North Face and hooked onto the Hornbein Couloir. There are no fixed ropes, sherpa or oxygen support. courtesy HumanEdgeTech, SOURCE
Tsuneoh Shigehiro and Takashi Ozaki (Japan) did the first full ascent of Everest North Wall in 1980. That same year, Reinhold Messner achieved the only solo climb on Everest to date. He did the standard North Col route but crossed out on the North Face to the Norton Couloir direct up to the summit. courtesy HumanEdgeTech, SOURCE
The historic risk has been tremendous. Adventurestats list 5 summiteers and 9 fatalities on the West Ridge to Hornbein route. Including variations (Japanese/Hornbein and West Ridge Direct) Adv Stats list 23 summits and 24 climbers killed. It's among the most difficult routes on all the 8000ers and by far the deadliest route on Everest. Image by ExplorersWeb.com courtesy Explorersweb.com, SOURCE
It came as a shock to the community when the popular Ozaki, a.k.a. "Japanese butterfly collector" recently died on Everest normal route. SOURCE
This is Kuriki's fourth attempt in four years on the difficult challenge. 8000 meters is his top altitude so far. Image by Kuriki Nobukazu courtesy Kuriki Nobukazu, SOURCE
Kuriki's line. Image by Kuriki Nobukazu courtesy Kuriki Nobukazu, SOURCE
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(Tina Sjogren/update Oct 18, 2012 08:49 pm EDT) The summit push has been aborted. Please check comments section for details. Big thanks to all involved in this story, and safe descent to Kuriki.PreviousPosted Oct 17, 2012 08:31 pm EDTA Japanese climber is attempting to climb Mount Everest alone, and via one of its steepest routes. Details are sketchy (some pictures on the mountaineer's website seem to be archive shots) but it appears clear that Kuriki Nobukazu on Wednesday climbed to 7500 meters where he placed his final...