Lafaille Missing, Feared Dead On Makalu
Top French mountaineer Jean Christophe Lafaille has gone missing on Makalu during a solo winter attempt on the 8485-metre mountain. His support team reportedly believe that he is dead.
Posted: 2 February 2006
Top French mountaineer Jean Christophe Lafaille is missing in the
Himalaya during a solo winter attempt on Makalu, 8485 metres.
Lafaille's team has reportedly given up hope of finding him alive
after a helicopter sweeping the mountain spotted his tent but saw no
signs of life. The assumption is that the climber would have
signalled to the chopper were he able to.
Lafaille has already climbed 11 of the world's 14 8,000-metre
peaks and has a remarkable record both in Europe and Asia, but
climbing the Himalayan giants in winter is a massively difficult and
dangerous undertaking because of the extreme cold and high winds.
Lafaille was operating without any support climbers and was in
touch with his back-up team, including his wife, by satellite
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