An autumn Everest summit, solo and without oxygen -- the temperature is -35℃ and the oxygen level is 1/3 what it is at sea level. Just being there is lung-crushingly painful in a world where survival is a struggle.
Since first being summited by the British Corps in 1953, a series of historical and dramatic events have played out on Everest. It is thanks to the efforts of those who have gone before that many people can now climb the mountain.
Now, a total of around 7,000 people have climbed Everest from the Nepal and China sides. Usually, there are many climbers in spring when the weather is stable.
I have climbed Everest not in spring, but in autumn, when the temperature is cooler and the violent jet stream winds are blowing.
So far, no one has ever succeeded in summiting Everest solo in the autumn with no oxygen.
To prepare myself for this harsh challenge, I have been using a training system called "rhythm," a high-resistance training for low-oxygen environments.
I prepared for my no-oxygen, solo climb by running up Mt. Fuji and training in a 6,000 meter altitude low-oxygen chamber.
I want to climb the mountain solo and with no oxygen so that I can feel the mountain.
Climbing a mountain alone has aspects of anxiety and loneliness.
I believe that anxiety and loneliness are a part of nature, which is why I want to grow by experiencing all of Everest.
There may be many difficulties, but I want to enjoy each and every one of them and convert them to joys.
My dream is not simply to summit Everest solo in the autumn with no oxygen. My true dream is to work towards creating a world where we encourage each other to tear down walls of denial.
That's why I'm broadcasting live from Everest for my "Sharing My Adventures with the World" project. "Sharing My Adventures with the World" is not just about live streaming video from the summit.
In fact, I'm going to share my failures and frustrations as well.
This is because any true challenge is a series of failures and frustrations.
I first came across Internet streaming when I streamed a climb of Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m) in the Himalayas in 2007 for a project with Nippon TV.
This was at a time before Facebook and YouTube had come to Japan, so I was looked at as something of an oddball when I wanted to broadcast from the Himalayas over the Internet. There were some negative voices mixed in among the supportive ones.
Someone even told me I could not climb it.
On the final day of the ascent, we headed for a place that was just short of the summit, but we were stopped by a thick gas and had to cancel the ascent, double back, and climb again.
At that time, the same person who told me I could not climb it posted the words "Thank you" in my comment section.
Perhaps that person watched me trying so hard and compared himself to me.
When I'm in Japan, I give lectures at schools and companies.
While I'm giving these lectures, I ask children what their dreams are. At the end of these lectures, I look at the students who are told by their teachers that they cannot achieve their dreams with their grades.
It is exactly the same wall of denial that I encountered when I first tried to climb Mt. McKinley.
The root of this negativity is a fear of failure.
If we can encourage, rather than discourage each other, we can create a bright world with as much diversity as the nature of the Himalayas.
"Sharing My Adventures with the World" is a project to encourage and support everyone who tries to climb such mountains.
Date of Birth: June 9th, 1982
Birthplace： Hokkaido, Japan
A mountain climber who shares his adventure with climbers of invisible mountains, Kuriki was born in Hokkaido in 1982. He started climbing mountains in his university's mountaineering club, and has since summited the highest peaks on six continents and climbed four mountains over 8,000 meters tall solo and without oxygen. He began live Internet broadcasts as part of his "Sharing My Adventures with the World" project in 2009. "Sharing My Adventures with the World" aims to encourage more people to take steps forward and send messages to everyone who is climbing invisible mountains. This project spread by word of mouth, and now he gives about 80 lectures annually in Japan and around the world. In the fall of 2012, he suffered severe frostbite on his hands, legs, and nose on the west ridge of Everest, losing large portions of nine of his fingers. Despite this, he succeeded in summiting Broad Peak (altitude: 8,047 m) in July 2014 solo and without oxygen. In 2015, he attempted his fifth climb of Everest in autumn solo and without oxygen, but he was kept back by harsh winds and decided to go back down the mountain after climbing to only 8,150 m.
In 2016, he will attempt his sixth climb of Everest starting on the China side.
Communications fees, mainly satellite fees, for the live broadcast from Everest.
Equipment rental fees, filming permits, and airplane overcharge fees for the live broadcast from Everest.
Labor costs for Japanese engineers and cameramen, as well as their local Nepalese support staff for the live broadcast from Everest.
It is possible the expedition and/or Internet broadcast will not work due to bad weather or accidents. It is also possible that, due to an accident or political issues, we will not be able to get to the site, or that we will have to cancel the climb in order to leave suddenly.