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  The 2006 EverestNews.com Climb of the Year


In a time when almost all the climbs are up the normal routes, most heavily supported by Sherpas, he was pushing the limits of history. He, and he alone, was attempting what others failed at. He made many new routes; he truly soloed peaks, and then in 2006 he attempted the impossible: Winter Makalu. A climb that elite Polish teams failed during the winter. But he attempted not as a team, but truly SOLO. We can only dream about his Everest plans that would have followed. He was pushing new ground.... He could have ticked off the 14 and lived very well, but he wanted to push the limit of history.

In becoming a star, those who would try to attack him in the media also grew, but those who attack him can only dream of his strength. He climbed, not for others, but to push his limits.

Jean-Christophe, said on his solo Shishapangma summit " My dream was to prove to me that I was able to climb alone, without any support, without artificial oxygen a large Himalayan wall under winter conditions. I made this dream come true. Even if some are not happy about this, I really have much fun on these very high Himalayan tops, up there, well above the top of the human mediocrity, and this is the most important thing!"

He sadly died on Makalu. For now, we can only dream that another Jean-Christophe Lafaille will come on ....

Thank YOU Jean-Christophe for the memories...

Introduction

Update One

Update Two and Three

Update Four: Jean-Christophe Lafaille to attempt Makalu in Winter SOLO: Update Four

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu Solo: Update Five

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu 140-160 km/h winds

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Yan at work again!

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: On Christmas day, Jean-Christophe will try to reach 7000m, then 7400m on the 26th

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu Update

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu Pictures

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Yan says to come down!

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Hurricane winds over Himalaya next weekend

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: A night at 6900 meters!

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: wish Happy New Year to every reader of EverestNews.com

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Back up!

Pictures

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: He was able to carry up some food and gear in 120km/h winds !!!

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Moving UP!

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: 7500 meters!

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Ready ... set...

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: More pictures

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Bad weather’s standing still at Makalu’s BC

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: JCL is on the move!!!!! The attack in on!!!

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: JCL has not reported in .....

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Pray and send positive energy for Jean-Christophe Lafaille

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Not possible to fly the helicopter yesterday: Keep the positive energy flowing...

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Jean-Christophe Lafaille : ALPINIST "When we love mountains, we have to accept all of their rules"

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: More exclusive photos from Jean-Christophe Lafaille as we wait...

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: A message from Katia Lafaille

Jean-Christophe Lafaille Winter Makalu: Katia reports in...

 
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