April 23rd 2004: Hi, Here I am back home…, I found my family in a great
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
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.
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.
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