from May 9th, 2004:
EverestNews.com, Jean-Christophe went back yesterday, May 8th, to the base
camp. Last Friday, May 7th, he moved his camp to 7200 m spending the night
there. Saturday morning, he went to locate the continuation of this
vertiginous edge..., he had only one little piece of rope of 20 meters which
he was forced to use in its totality to still equip a very technical
passage... he did not have, unfortunately, more to equip the most delicate
zones. The unit is splendid but on the other hand the climbing is very
demanding and requires one hundred percent of vigilance and technicality!
he saw, the continuation of the rise is an edge with large cornices to join
the top of Makalu 2 before going down again to join Makalu La. From this
point, he will join the normal route of the Nepal slope. This Saturday morning
after having located the continuation of his ascent, Jean-Christophe decided
to go down again to the base camp to rest. From last Friday when he left base
camp, this means 10 days making heavy bearings, installs, take to pieces his
camping to assemble it higher, and so on...
addition, he is completely alone... apart from our daily contacts he does not
have any exchanges.... Generally on the base camps and the advanced base
camps, there is always a soul... He is acclimatized and feels ready for the
top! while waiting for the crenel weather which seems to come towards the
weekend, he will profit to rest, hydrate, feed, etc... to remake a health
before leaving to try the complete ascent of this giant! 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
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dispatches from Broad Peak
Lafaille 2003: Broad Peak Photo Show
Jean-Christophe Lafaille: Annapurna 2002
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