8000 Meters Facts
2001 EverestNews.com staff voted him one of the best of the best
Mountaineers today, but we were wrong...
For he could summit 8000 meters peaks the way many do with ease, but ease was
not his style. He wanted to do it his way, the hard way in most cases, pushing
the limits of his mind and body. Probably because he was French, he did not
get many rewards for his great climbs from others. But he clearly was the best
of the modern day mountain climbers. No other of his time, today's time, could
summit 8000 meter peaks alone on December 12th or 27th. He set new
routes others could not follow. He attempted the impossible, solo Makalu in
winter. Not Solo, where Sherpas put in the ropes, haul the gear and you
follow; not a SOLO push; but a true solo. Man against mountain. In Winter. If
only you would have seen his Everest plans... The Fantasy Ridge was not hard
enough for Jean-Christophe...
Yes we were very wrong,
Jean-Christophe Lafaille was not the one of the best of the best Mountaineers
today; he was the best of the mountaineers today. Sadly, few push the limits
anymore, most who claim to be "experts" are failed clients without a clue of
how Jean-Christophe Lafaille could climb a mountain... Jean-Christophe plan
was not to let others do the work and follow, but he lead. He was quick and
fast. The Jean-Christophe, we knew, was a humble man. He was a nice man. This
week we shall honor him...
Today from the past:
Lafaille on the Summit of K2 Summer 2001 Photos
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