EverestNews.com, News from May 18th, 2004
Jean Christophe, exhausted,
tired has been forced to stop his ascent to the Makalu's summit this night.
After having opened a new extremely difficult route which ends at the top
Makalu 2, he joined yesterday on May 17 the collar of Makalu and joined the
route of the normal way of Makalu on Nepal slope. He remained the day of
yesterday to rest, hydrate himself, be restored under the tent to leave this
night at midnight.
After two hours of walk, he
staggered to end up not holding more upright of exhaustion. Moreover, he has
had a lung infected since four days, which prevents him from sleeping, of the
very violent coughing fits which prevent him from breathing.
The collar of Makalu located
at 7.500 meters of altitude does not make it possible to recover physically.
He chose wisdom by pushing back way. He will join today the base camp by the
normal way on Nepal slope, to rest and decide if he feels the force to go up
to try the top in two, three days. He is really glad to have made a success of
the opening of this new way, which leads to a top... Of course, he would have
preferred to reach the top of Makalu, but the efforts provided since five
days, in particular between the camp at 7.200 meters of altitude and the top
of Makalu 2 were very very testing. I will keep you informed about the next
hours of the program of Jean-Christophe. I will also make a recording of sound
on the site by explaining you a little the situation. On my side, I arrived at
Lukla this morning only, because yesterday the weather conditions on Lukla did
not make it possible the plane to take off. I started in the tread a part of
the trekking and am currently in a lodge. 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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