Nbukazu Kuriki, a Japanese alpinist who attempted to be the first person to summit Everest after the Nepal earthquake last April, was forced to descend on Saturday, according to CNN. Kuriki, age 33, was nearly a month into his fifth attempt to conquer the beast when weather conditions forced him to abandon his quest.
“I realized if I kept going, I wouldn’t be able to come back alive,” Kuriki posted on Facebook. “It took too much time to move in deep deep snow.”
Kuriki’s decision was definitely a wise one. Everest has a success rate of just 29%, and one in every ten people die trying to do it. Kuriki himself lost nine fingers to frostbite on a previous attempt.