First Frenchman in Yosemite (Zenyatta Mondatta
route) and solo opening of a route to Shishapangma.
Linking, in complete autonomy and alone, of ten
north faces of the Alps in two weeks (Oberland,
Valais and Mont Blanc) covering the famous trilogy
of the Eiger, Matterhorn and the Grands Jorasses.
This journey (140 km of cross country ski, linking
20,000m difference in height of the rock faces) has
been rewarded by the “Super-Bourne IGN” of
Solo Summits in less than four days of Gasherbrum II
(8035 meters) and Gasherbrum I (8068 meters).
ascent to a new summit of 6250 meters, named
“MARI-RI”, after Marie, his daughter.
Western summit of Lothse (8511 meters)
Summit of Aconcagua (6959 meters)
(April) Solo opening of a new route, “Decalage”,
on the Croz spur in the North face of the Grandes
days of complete self-sufficiency. Then the first
Frenchman in the “Sea of Dream” route on the
Capitan rock face in Yosemite.
(January) On tour in Colorado, achieving difficult
Dry Tooling routes and participating in competitions
in this discipline. (May) First solo ascent of the
north-east face of Manaslu (8163 meters)
(February) Solo opening of one of the hardest routes
in the Alps: the western face of Drus in nine days.
K2 Summit via the Cesen route as a two man team with
Of the eight 8000ers he has made 3-4 new routes and
climbed four peaks solo. His Shishapangma Summit is a
from French by Liz Moody
Interview with Jean Christophe Lafaille