Jean-Christophe Lafaille: Annapurna 2002

Dispatches in English and French Below

Hi, Here I am, in Katmandu... It is easier for me to get over the Internet and e-mail from here than from the Annapurna's Base Camp. Last May 16th, at 10.00 (Nepalese time), Jean Christophe summited the Annapurna (8091m) with a Basque climber with whom he was ascending.

This success is a worldwide "premiere" as after the first ascent of the Swiss climber Ehardt Loretan in 1994 in just one way on the East ridge coming back by the Annapurna's North face, this ridge has not been repeated and has never been ascended by round trip...

A lot of uncertainties, fears, involvement and fatigue during this ascent...

A lot of things to tell also...

You will find the first pictures and story by Jean Christophe, about this incredible mountain, exclusively in the magazine "Paris Match" in a few days. [After this issue, we hope to get some pictures for you]. 

Best regards, Katia Lafaille








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