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Jean Christophe Lafaille
Christophe has finally got back to Broad Peak base camp after a few anxious
hours. He got to the summit at 10h45 with Ed Viesturs on the 15th July. He
left the top at 11hr30.
Christophe contacted me on the radio at midday to give me his position, but
also to let me know that he felt ill and was getting worse. He was at 7500m,
advancing slowly, very slowly, and he wasnít losing much height. He was having
difficulty breathing, his ribcage was tight and he didnít have any energy in
his legs, due to the lack of oxygen.
18h, he told me that would stay at Camp 3 at 7,000m for the night. I told him
what he knew better than me, that at that height, he would risk not waking up
in the morning.
want to listen, but happily, on getting into his tent he has a feeling of
suffocation and he decided to come down with the help of Ed Viesturs and a
Kazakh climber, Denis Urubko who gave up his summit attempt to help Jean-Christophe to get down. He began the long descent.
later, at dawn on the 16th July, he finally got back to Base Camp. He was very
tired, and was still having difficulty breathing. After a few hours he started
to feel better. After the first medical test results it seems that having
climbed 3 8,000m peaks in 2 months could have provoked pulmonary oedema. On
our return to France he will have a full check up.
thing is that he is much better today, even though he is tired after such an
excellent effort in the Himalayas.
regards, Katia Lafaille.
[Note the above is the
delayed report of the descent, they report now that
Jean-Christophe is "fine and in great condition".]
has now summited
Dhaulagiri and Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak in the last few weeks!!!
Dhaulagiri this year are
Nanga Parbat this year are