Jean-Christophe Lafaille Photo Show
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!
this project since 1996 after one attempt without success. Too much snow to
arrive at the base camp from the Langtang !
acclimatization at the high altitude is ended. Jean-Christophe Lafaille is
going to attempt the summit of the Shishapangma the 11 December.
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
pour la version anglaise sur
Earlier reports from Jean Christophe Makalu and others are
Jean-Christophe Lafaille: Makalu
2004 with photos that will make you
go WOW! and
Jean-Christophe 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
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
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