Jean-Christophe Lafaille Presumed Dead

Makalu Le Monde newspaper in France is reporting that , “No chance remains of finding JCL alive, following his disappearance on Thursday 26 January near the summit of Makalu in Nepal. A helicopter left Katmandu on Tuesday morning for his base camp at 5300m. Two of the three Nepalis who had been waiting there for five days for the return of the alpinist were evacuated. The third, Ang Sera, stayed to await Katia Lafaille, who is is travelling there (expected on 4th February) to collect some personal effects and erect a memorial to her husband.”The helicopter, a powerful Nikoyan MI-17, was able to follow the route up to 7400m, and carried out many journeys” explains Serge Koenig who is coordinating the operation for the ministery of youth and sport. “The tent of his final camp was seen, but there was no sign of life at all. We must now accept the evidence. There is nothing else that can be done.”When JCL left for the summit after his final communication with his wife Katia, temperatures below -30 deg C held sway above 8000m, with a wind of 40-50km/h according to his advisor Yann Giezendanner. In such conditions, living beings degrade very quickly. The chance of survival is measured in hours, not days – there are sadly numerous examples, and JCL knew that better than most.Thanks for tchnorton at the forums for the above translation. There is more news at Mount