Japanese mountaineer Nobukazu Kuriki abandoned his latest attempt to summit Mount Everest on Thursday, according to the BBC. Kuriki is the only person to attempt to climb Everest since the April earthquake.
This was Kuriki’s fifth unsuccessful attempt to ascend the mountain, according to the BBC. He gave a final summit push on Wednesday, as Outside reported.
“I’ve done my best, but I decided to descend,” Kuriki wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday at approximately 6:30 a.m. Nepal time. “In the wind getting stronger, I realized even if I kept going to the summit, I wouldn’t be able to go back to the final camp alive in the strong wind. It was really tough decision, but I started to descend at 3:35 a.m. from 8,150m. Thank you so much for all your support. I appreciate you all.”