from May 6th 2004: Hi EverestNews.com, Here are the last news...Good ones!
Jean-Christophe went to sleep to Camp 1 last May 3rd (Monday) in order to
continue with the acclimatization which is very important. He placed the tent
in a hole in order to protect himself from the wind.
May 4th , he climbed until around 7200 meters in order to deposit material to
continue but over all to equip with fixed ropes a very difficult passage at
7000 meters of altitude!!! Jean-Christophe told me that according to him, he
had never climbed such a difficult passage at this altitude... a wall of mixed
of 60 meters , very technical.... He needed 2 hours to
climb 60 meters!
I am happy
because it is a real pleasure for him this virgin route... He is then turned
back to the camp1 to spend the night there. As the wind was strong at 7000
meters the following day and that Jean-Christophe was tired, he is went down
again, therefore on May 5th , to the advanced base camp in order to rest, to
reload his bag for a new "heavy" bearing to deposit at camp 2 which he will
install around 7400 meters.
6th he left the advanced base camp to climb directly At 7400m to deposit a
large bearing of material, which is almost 2000 meters of uneven at this
altitude with a bag of 20/25 kg!!
time he tells me "I am astride on an edge of impressive snow hyper suspended
in full vacuum... it is beautiful, splendid..." Tomorrow, Friday May 7th , he
will dismount camp 1 definitively to move it at 7400 meters, it will be the
camp2 or camp1 as one wants! According to the feeling, he will spend one or
two nights there before going back to base camp.
of acclimatization will then be at its end... then he will rest at the base
camp, to await the good crenel weather to launch out in his integral ascent of
Makalu 8481 meters, alone on a virgin slope and without oxygen!!! This will
take him approximately 7 days to make the round trip: base camp - top of
Makalu - return to base camp.
I fly away
on the airline company KLM, which I still thank for its invaluable assistance
in this project, with our children to Nepal next May 14th . I will arrive at
Kathmandu on May 15th . I will of course continue to make you live this
adventure, this extraordinary ascension that Jean-Christophe wishes to
realize. Translations by Fabienne for
Best regards, Katia Lafaille.
dispatches from Spring 2002 here:
Dispatch April 3, 2002 Bonjour
His Site in French
Jean-Christophe Lafaille, summited Dhaulagiri, Broad Peak and Nanga Parbat.
His dispatches from
Dhaulagiri this year are
His dispatches from
Nanga Parbat this year are
Follow along here for
dispatches from Broad Peak
Lafaille 2003: Broad Peak Photo Show
Jean-Christophe Lafaille: Annapurna 2002
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