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  Jean-Christophe Lafaille: Makalu 2004


News from April 23rd 2004: Hi, Here I am back home…, I found my family in a great shape !  

Jean-Christophe arrived at the base camp of Makalu on April 21st  without any problem. Yacksmans decided not to go during a day... Jean-Christophe was in anger to still lose an important day with the acclimatization. If not it was generally happy with the stages of walk carried out during the day. Its base camp is comfortably installed on grass at 4900 meters. 

Jean-Christophe wanted to be installed on the glacier directly and not on grass because there was not a close water point. The cook prefers to be installed on grass, much more comfortable and less cold, and to go, with Kitchen Boy, to seek and carry water to the camping.

Jean-Christophe is very happy with his team, they are "extra" he tells me... to have been with them two days, I confirm the point of view of Jean-Christophe. The telephone with which Jean-Christophe was going to send photographs via the computer to me still does not work and this is becoming a problem... for the moment he gives me information via our secondary telephone... The weather is variable, often beautiful in the morning, snow in the afternoon and not too much wind in high altitude.

Yesterday, April 22, Jean-Christophe installed his small village at the base camp, the mood was not on the top... a little consequence of our separation, to find himself alone, etc... Today April 23rd , he plans to climb and install the advanced base camp around 5600 meters in order to be at the feet of the virgin face which he plans to climb.

There are no objective dangers (stone falls, seracs, avalanches, etc...) which is very reassuring for him and for me also.... He will sleep at the advanced base camp this night and will go up to locate, most probably, and perhaps to install, the camp 1 tomorrow Saturday. He has lost a little time with the current situation at Kathmandu, then the day of stop during the approach to the base camp... He wants, prudently, to optimize the timetable as much as possible, as well as the phases of rest and ascensions. Translations by Fabienne for EverestNews.com

Best regards, Katia Lafaille

Dispatches

Read the dispatches from Spring 2002 here: Dispatch April 3, 2002 Bonjour

His Site in French

In 2003, Jean-Christophe Lafaille, summited Dhaulagiri, Broad Peak and Nanga Parbat.

His dispatches from Dhaulagiri this year are here.

His dispatches from Nanga Parbat this year are here.

Follow along here for dispatches from Broad Peak here.

Jean-Christophe Lafaille 2003: Broad Peak Photo Show

Jean-Christophe Lafaille: Annapurna 2002

 

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