Japanese climber scales Mount Manaslu without oxygen

A Japanese climber reached the summit of the 8,163-meter-high Himalayan mountain Mount Manaslu on Sunday, without using an oxygen tank. Supporters in Sapporo said that 26-year-old Nobukazu Kuriki had contacted his base camp by radio and reported that he’d reached the top of the world’s eighth highest mountain. “I was tired this time, and it was tough. But thanks to your support, I successfully scaled the mountain. Thank you very much,” he was quoted as saying. A representative of his support office quoted a Himalayan Association of Japan official as saying, “We’ve never heard of any other Japanese climber scaling Manaslu alone without an oxygen tank; but we aren’t sure, since climbers aren’t required to file a report.” Kuriki is aiming to be the first solo Japanese climber to scale all the highest mountains in seven continents. Kuriki left Camp 4, set up at a location about 7,400 meters above sea level, at around 10 p.m. on Saturday, local time (1:15 a.m. on Sunday, Japanese time) and reached the summit of Mount Manaslu at around 9:45 a.m., local time on Sunday (1 p.m. on Sunday, Japanese time). He’s suffering from mild frostbite, but is otherwise in good shape, according to his supporting office. Kuriki climbed Manaslu as part of his altitude training in preparation for an expedition up 8,848-meter-high Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, next spring. He has scaled six of the highest mountains in seven continents, including Mount McKinley in Alaska. (Source: The Mainichi Daily News)

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