Japanese climber dies on Everest attempt

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Japanese climber Kuriki Nobukazu speaks during an interview in Kathmandu, August 22, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A Japanese climber, who lost nine fingertips to frostbite in a previous expedition, died yesterday during an attempt to climb Mount Everest, an official said, the second person to die on the world’s highest mountain during the current climbing season.

Nobukazu Kuriki, 36, was found dead while sleeping in a camp 2 tent at 7,400 metres on the 8,850-metre mountain, tourism department official Gyanendra Shrestha said from base camp.

“Sherpas found his body inside the tent,” Shrestha told Reuters. Details of the incident are not immediately available due to poor communication with the higher camp, he said.

Kuriki had made seven unsuccessful attempts to scale Everest.

In 2012, Kuriki spent two days in a snow hole at 27,000 feet on Everest in temperatures below minus 20 Celsius. That was when he had to have his fingertips amputated.

A Macedonian died at the weekend, hiking officials said.

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