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Lafaille summit Shisha solo!
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Dec 11, 2004 14: 11 EST
Jean Christophe arrived Shisha last month and began to establish high camps through end November.

Today, Jean-Christophe summited Shisha, solo and without oxygen. He is now back at his camp at 7000 m and will spend the night there before descent to base camp tomorrow December 12.

Jean Christophe Lafaille was one ambitious climber last year, summiting three 8,000m peaks within a two month period: On May 20th 2003, he reached the top of Dhaulagiri, alone and without oxygen. After that, he and Simone Moro paved new partial route up Nanga Parbat, and Lafaille summited on June 23. Then on July 15th, he and Ed Viesturs made the summit of Broad Peak.

By the time Lafaille was on his last descent, however, his pace began to take its toll. On his way down from Broad Peak, he experienced serious breathing difficulties. Ed Viesturs and Kazakh climber Denis Urubko affected a nighttime rescue and brought Lafaille safely down the mountain. Prior to that spring, Lafaille had summited eight of the 14 8,000m peaks.

Only Kangchenjunga, Makalu and Everest remain on the list.

Image courtesy expedition website.

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