Lafaille: Makalu 2004 with photos that will make you go WOW! and
Lafaille: Makalu photo show 1 and
Report of the expedition of Jean-Christophe
Lafaille to the MAKALU Tibetan slope
Spring arrives and
Jean Christophe's new project also! He has taken again in an intensive way his
technical and mental drive for three months already. We are closing the last
logistic points of this expedition which will take place in Nepal and more
precisely on Makalu 8481 meters, the fifth highest summit in the world
(see picture), very beautiful mountain, esthetical, like a pyramid, which he
plans to climb alone.
He will then try his 12th summit of more than 8000 meters, without oxygen,
because we should not forget that the oxygen is a doping agent.
I cannot tell anymore about this project which is still confidential. I
will go with Jean Christophe in the first part of the expedition in order to
take nice pictures of the trekking, of the mountain and from Jean Christophe
as well as video images, very important for our movies (soon available in
DVD). Of course I will take care of the information of this expedition on the
trekking and at Makalu's base camp.
We will leave France at the beginning of April. As soon as I will have more
news I will let you know when the following will start, I guess by April 10 or
Jean Christophe's motivation is still here and this is very important in such
projects! This is a nice and wonderful project and I am impatient to tell you
The information will be also available in English version on our web site
the translation will be provided the big site of mountain news
See you soon! Katia Lafaille
Translations by Fabienne for EverestNews.com
Lafaille, how good is he? Many think he could end up with the best ever! His
style of small expeditions, no oxygen, not much equipment, man vs mountain
reminds some of Messner.
summits include: Cho Oyu via the Polish route; A new route and solo on
Shishapangma; G2-G1 traverse and the Lhotse West Face. He also summitted
Manaslu via the North face, the first solo ascent of the mountain! But
Jean-Christophe is not limited just to the big mountain, for example he just
completed the first solo winter ascent of Pelerinage on the North face of
Peigne. This route is graded VI, 6, was first climbed by Beaudoin and Parkin
in 1992. Jean-Christophe climbed it in 5 hours ! He is the complete package...
voted him one of the best climbers in the world today and his successful
ascent of Annapurna the best climb in 2002.
dispatches from Spring 2002 here:
Dispatch April 3, 2002
His Site in French
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
Broad Peak Photo Show
Jean-Christophe Lafaille: Annapurna 2002
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
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