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Asia, Nepal, Everest Ascent and Paraglider Descent

Everest Ascent and Paraglider Descent. Our expedition had as members Jean-Marc Boivin, Jean-Pierre Frachon, Michel Metzger, André Georges (Swiss), Gérard Vionnet-Fuasset, René Robert, C. Aguilera, L. Coudeyre, P. Pallandre, Denis Colangettes and me as leader. We climbed the normal South-Col route. Although we arrived at Base Camp on September 1, our equipment had been delayed by the earthquake and so the route in the Khumbu Icefall was prepared by the Americans and Koreans. Camps I, II, III, and IV were at 6100, 6700, 7300 and 8000 meters. Our successful assault was our second attempt. It started from Base Camp on September 24 and left the South Col on the 26th. At 2:30 P.M. on September 26 Frachon, Vionnet-Fuasson, Georges, Metzger and Boivin reached the summit, Metzger without using oxygen. Boivin jumped off by paraglider at 4:30 and twelve minutes later landed at Camp II.

François Poissonnier, Club Alpin Français