One-fingered Japanese climber fails to summit Everest

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TOKYO: A one-fingered Japanese climber who was attempting the first summit of Mount Everest since this year’s deadly quake said on Thursday he had turned back before reaching the summit. This is the fifth season Nobukazu Kuriki, who lost nine fingers on the mountain in 2012, has tried to scale the world’s highest peak and he is the only climber making the dangerous attempt this year. Climbers have abandoned Everest after an earthquake-triggered avalanche killed 18 people at the mountain’s base camp, and regular aftershocks since have increased the chance of avalanches.

AFP

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