Mountaineer Elisabeth Revol, who climbed two mythical Himalayan peaks at the end of May, Everest and Lhotse, resorted to oxygen to reach the first, announced its sponsor on Facebook Saturday night, raising doubt that remained on this question.
The 39-year-old French woman, from the Drôme, reached the summit of Everest (8,848 m) on May 23 and reached the summit of Lhotse the fourth morning, the fourth summit of the world, culminating at 8,516 meters above sea level.
Its sponsor had initially indicated that the latter had climbed Everest "without oxygen", information that his operator on site could not confirm, before recognizing two weeks later a "mistake".
If she had reached the summit without oxygen, Elizabeth Revol would have become the first French to make this climb without respiratory assistance and the ninth woman in the Himalayan history.
"Knowing her exceptional strength and the fact that she was already pre-acclimatized at 8,400m, we mistakenly assumed that she had climbed Everest without using oxygen – we shared this news on our social networks without confirmation. on his behalf, "said his sponsor.
The weather window being ideal, mountaineers jostled each other on the roof of the world: "Elisabeth had the choice either to give up her candidacy, or to take oxygen as a precaution to achieve her childhood dream," she added. same source.
Elisabeth Revol nonetheless achieved the feat of climbing these two mythical summits one after another a year and a half after escaping death in the Himalayas.
The world had discovered the mountaineer in January 2018 during a breathtaking rescue operation on the Nanga Parbat (8,126 m), Pakistan's top known for its dangerousness of which it attempted to make the winter climb. His Polish mate Tomasz Mackiewicz had lost his life.
Eleven people have died on Everest this season, the deadliest since 2015, due to the dangers inherent in an extreme altitude race and the traffic jams of mountaineers, caused by the crowds and the reduced number of favorable weather windows.