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."