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Jean Christophe Lafaille
Translations by Fabienne for EverestNews.com
Hello, a small disturbance
crossed the area of Nanga Parbat in order to leave room to the sun! Today,
June 11, Jean-Christophe, accompanied by Ed Viesturs, leaves the base camp to
go up to camp 2 at 6100m. They will spend the night at this camp. The 12, they
will install the camp 3 around 7000m, and they will spend the night there. The
13, I don't know yet as it depends on weather and aerological conditions.
Under a "technical" point of
view, the ascent between camp 1 and camp 2 by the way "Kinshofer" (Diamir
slope) is rather stiff. A corridor of snow inclined at 55° leads to the foot
of an "outstanding" obstacle for the Himalaya. It is a vertical wall in rock
of a hundred meter height! 50 meters after the exit of this wall, camp 2 is
reached. This wall approx. does not represent major ascent difficulties (5 +)
but at 6000 meters this quotation is, obviously, higher!
The referred passage is
equipped today with fixed ropes in order to facilitate the round trips between
the various camps and the base camp. The way "Kinshofer" is a marvelous way.
"The first" ascent of the way was carried out on June 21, 1962 by a German
team made up of: T.Kinshofer, S.Löw and A.Maanhardt. The "first" in alpine
style by Roger Mear and David Walsh in 1991.
As always, Jean-Christophe is
extremely motivated, mood at the top, good shape and so on. Translations by Fabienne for EverestNews.com
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