Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Why Is “A Long Walk Up” Mt. Blanc So Deadly?

An attempt by an American to explain why so many climbers are hurt or killed on Mt. Blanc which is basically just a “long walk up.” I wonder how much of it is the easy accessibility of the mountain and this:

“Europe takes a really different approach to risk and death in the mountains than we do here. Europeans are far less risk-averse. Chamonix (the French town at the base of Mont Blanc) is where extreme skiing was born. The fatality rate there just wouldn't be tolerated by land managers here."

Barbara Mont Blanc 124_1.jpg

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