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Translations by Fabienne for EverestNews.com
May 14th 2003 Hi! I arrived
May 13th at Marpha, at 2750m. This is the village where my trekking ends and
the place where I have to meet Jean Christophe. I am at 3 days of walk, more
or less, from Dhaulagiri base camp. In the other way (Dhaulagiri base camp –
Marpha) just one day walk.
Concerning the progression of Jean-Christophe on Dhaulagiri I do not have
information. I can hardly make the follow-up because I do not have any
telephone! Once that my batteries were discharged they never wanted to be
reloaded. I had moments of large anger! And now I do not have any more
information of Jean-Christophe. Brilliant!
Today May 14th I left to the village of Jomsom which has a telephone and
which is approximately at 1 hour of walk from Marpha. I can thus transmit this
dispatch to you. I will try to contact the weather forecaster so that he gives
me the forecasts of these next days.
This information will enable
me to suppose the strategy of ascent that Jean-Christophe will adopt at the
appropriate time. Until the return of Jean Christophe to Marpha I could
transmit information to you only by assumption...
The snow conditions to go to
the base camp of Dhaulagiri are bad. The passage of French Pass at 5300 m of
altitude is rather average. It’s a pity because I was planning to join
Jean-Christophe at Dhaulagiri base camp. I have neither equipment for snow,
nor tent to bivouac on the way. Thus impossible for me to go beyond Marpha. It
is very frustrating. I can hardly stay quiet.
Here the countryside is very arid. We are in Mustang. The air is very dry and
as of 10h morning the wind blows strongly. At Jomsom there is an airport which
ensures the Jomsom-Pokhara connection. The flights begin early in the morning
because from 10h30 the wind is too strong for the planes.
According to the last information which I had from the forecasters, last May
10th , there was wind until May 18th then a lull of a few days, but well...
from a forecast to another one it completely changes! Translations by Fabienne for EverestNews.com
Best regards, Katia Lafaille