After three unsuccessful attempts to reach the summit, the French alpinist Jean-Christophe Lafaille said: "Never again Annapurna". The first two expeditions ended in disaster and the third one was cut short due to bad weather conditions. Ten years after his first attempt Lafaille is ready to try again. A matter of doubt follows him on his fourth expedition to the tenth highest 8000m peak. The alpinist has a sense of turmoil and guilt at leaving his wife and children to fulfil his dream.
This attempt is different from the others. He tells his wife he feels fit enough to conquer Annapurna and he has great faith in his companions, the American Ed Viesturs and Basque Alberto Iñurrategi. Progress is slow and the dangerous snow conditions force Viesturs and two other team members to turn back. Lafaille and Iñurrategi continue alone. Thoughts of his family weigh heavily on Lafaille’s mind. Will he manage to reach the summit? Will this attempt truly mean never again Annapurna?
SHAY J. KATZ