Lafaille: Annapurna 2002
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April 12, 2002: Hello EverestNew.com !
Lafaille arrives today at Annapurna's Base Camp, 4200
meters, after 5 days trekking. The mountain is covered
with snow as well as Base Camp. Generally Base Camp is
his third attempt to Annapurna in 1998, snow was as
present as today, and a young Sherpa lost his life...
For the moment, weather is good and forecast confirms
this stability for the coming days. Contacts with Ed
Viesturs and Veikka are very good, and the mood is on
think that Jean-Christophe will begin the
acclimatization on Sunday April 14th... on the big
east edge. This itinerary has a great technical part,
south face, among 5500 meters and 6500 meters, then a
very long edge of 7,5 kms among 7000 meters and 8091
meters with a last technical pass around 8000 meters.
The main difficulty of this itinerary is this great
edge. The Human body is not able to stay at such
altitudes. Above 7000 meters the human body starts to
degrade, gets tired; this edge (ridge) is hugely long
and at a critical altitude... when the top is reached,
you have to go back and do the same way on opposite
good strategy and some conditions must be established
in order to have success this one ascent: several days
of good weather stability, little wind, physical
resistance, a good mood, a good knowledge of your own
body and being quick. For the first technical part
(around 1000 meters on the face) the snow should be
low in order to reduce avalanche risks. The advantage
of this itinerary is that from 7000 meters it is less
exposed to dangers such as serac falls, avalanches,
stone falls, and so on.
am very confident, Jean- Christophe is highly
motivated with this expedition, he has great Himalayan
experience, he knows well Annapurna (with good
reasons!)... he is well prepared physically, and
strong in his mind, he is very technical and even at
high altitudes he is incredibly fast! He meets all the
conditions to lead this expedition with success and
wisdom. The biggest doubts are weather conditions!
enclose two pictures which illustrate Annapurna's
south face with its big edge (Nº22), JC sending
information (Nº12) and Annapurna's Base Camp (Nº24).
more information...may be this week-end.