Two people died Thursday in the Mont Blanc massif. France 3 reports that the bodies were discovered at the foot of the Whymper corridor of the Green Needle.
The gendarmes of the High Mountain Gendarmerie Platoon (PGHM) believe that the two victims would have fallen in the morning. France Blue explains that he is a 60-year-old guide and his 28-year-old client.
A first track emerges to explain the drama. It would be due to a rope unscrewing. The two men reportedly unscrewed "from a high part" of the snow corridor. The radio specifies that the difference in altitude of this area is 600 m. "A rappel anchor may have given way. "
This photo taken at the end of summer 2014 gives an idea of the technical difficulty of the area.
Route of the season :Rarely climbed Nant Blanc face of Verte& down Whymper couloir outstanding snow&ice conditions pic.twitter.com/3g6ggE8gYH
— Mark Seaton (@guidemark) September 4, 2014
According to details provided by Le Dauphiné, the guide is a former PGHM rescuer. The client was from the Paris region. The area was so dangerous on Thursday that the gendarmes chose to proceed in two stages. After some on-the-spot observations, they preferred to proceed with the identification elsewhere.