Climber who lost fingers in Everest effort forced by conditions to stop new attempt

Story highlights

  • Disabled climber fails on fifth attempt to climb Mt. Everest
  • It was the first Everest climb since 19 died in an avalanche during April earthquake

(CNN)Mount Everest's summit will once again remain elusive for Nobukazu Kuriki, the tenacious Japanese climber who was nearly a month into his fifth attempt to scale the world's highest mountain when perilous conditions on Saturday forced him to abandon his latest quest.

"I realized if I kept going, I wouldn't be able to come back alive," the 33-year-old Kuriki, who lost nine fingers to frostbite in a 2012 Everest attempt,