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  Jean-Christophe Lafaille 2003: Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak
 


 Current Pakistan Time

In French 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.Lw 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

Best regards, Katia Lafaille.

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Pictures source: Katia Lafaille/Jean-Christophe Lafaille
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