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More fatal mountaineering accidents in Chamonix

Rock falls cause 2 separate fatalities this weekend

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Ellie Mahoney | Chamonix Editor | Published: 24 Apr 2017


More fatal mountaineering accidents in Chamonix

Yet more tragic news from the mountains of Chamonix, after a series of fatal accidents last week, two more people have sadly died over the weekend in separate accidents. 

An Italian woman, a resident of Les Houches was climbing, according to Le Dauphine newspaper, on the south face of the  col Armand-Charlet at the Aiguille Verte.

Her climbing partner, a British man, saw a slide heading towards them and called to alert her. Unfortunately she was knocked into the couloir and fell around 500 metres to the bottom of the run out. The PGHM arrived by helicopter but were only able to announce the woman dead on the scene. An investigation is under way into the cause of the accident. 

In a separate incident, a man was killed by rock fall in the Angelique Couloir in the Argentiere basin, falling 150 metres in the process. 

Lieutenant-Colonel of the PGHM, Stéphane Bozon, told the Dauphine that he believes conditions at the moment to be good, with some risk of slides to be expected in the hottest parts of the afternoons, especially on steeper south-facing faces. 

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all those affected.