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  Jean-Christophe Lafaille 2004: attempts a world first in Himalaya: the first ascent of Shishapangma 8047 metres in winter, without oxygen and solo!


Latest News and Jean-Christophe Lafaille Photo Show

The elite climber and Himalayan Jean-Christophe LAFAILLE (who has summited K2, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Annapurna, etc etc. many by new routes) attempts at present a world premiere in Himalaya: the first ascent of Shishapangma 8047 metres in winter, without oxygen and solo!

He prepares this project since 1996 after one attempt without success. Too much snow to arrive at the base camp from the Langtang !

His acclimatization at the high altitude is ended. Jean-Christophe Lafaille is going to attempt the summit of the Shishapangma the 11 December.

A real exploit, a very big climbing in a style of the most difficult which is. Best regards, Katia Lafaille.

Bonjour, L’alpiniste et Himalayen Jean-Christophe LAFAILLE tente actuellement une première mondiale dans l’Himalaya : La première ascension du Shishapangma 8047 mètres en hivernale, sans oxygène et en solitaire !

Il prépare ce projet depuis 1996 après une tentative sans succès à cause des quantités de neige  trop importantes pour rejoindre le camp de base par le Langtang  ! Son acclimatation à la haute altitude est terminée.

Jean-Christophe Lafaille va tenter le sommet du Shishapangma le 11 décembre prochain. Un véritable exploit, du très grand alpinisme dans un style des plus difficiles qui soit.

Les détails de l’expédition depuis son départ de France sur www.jclafaille.com pour la version anglaise sur www.everestnews.com.

Earlier reports from Jean Christophe Makalu and others are below..

Jean-Christophe Lafaille: Makalu 2004 with photos that will make you go WOW! and Jean-Christophe Lafaille: Makalu photo show 1 and Jean-Christophe Lafaille: 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 15th.

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 about!

The information will be also available in English version on our web site the translation will be provided the big site of mountain news www.everestnews.com.

See you soon! Katia Lafaille

Translations by Fabienne for EverestNews.com

Jean-Christophe 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.

Jean-Christophe's 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... EverestNews.com voted him one of the best climbers in the world today and his successful ascent of Annapurna the best climb in 2002.

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

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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