Swiss climber survives Nepal avalanche, 4 French climbers dead

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Twenty-five climbers were caught by a large avalanche in the Himalayas, on Mt Manaslu (8,156m) in northwestern Nepal Sunday 23 September. Four French climbers, including guides from Chamonix, died in the accident which is now reported to have taken eight lives (earlier estimates were higher) and has left three people missing. One […]

Polish climber dies in 550m Taeschhorn fall

Two climbers died last week in canton Bern SION, SWITZERLAND – A 27-year-old Polish man died when he fell 550 metres, for reasons not yet clear, while climbing the Taeschhorn, Valais police say. The accident occurred at 09:30 Tuesday 5 June, on the west face of the mountain. His climbing companion, also Polish, immediately alerted […]

Four climbers die on Everest

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND –  Four climbers died while returning from the summit of Mount Everest, over the weekend, Nepali officials report. All four climbers, from Germany, China, South Korea and Canada, died along the Southeast Ridge route, at altitudes of over 8000 meters above sea level. This area is also known as the “death zone”, as […]

Lethal week in mountains as 5 climbers die Friday

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13 mountain deaths this year, 8 of them in July GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Alps are taking a heavy toll on climbers this year, with 13 deaths to date, 8 of them in July alone. But Friday 15 July was a particularly lethal day, with five deaths in three separate accidents, coming just a […]

Dutch climber dies, another seriously injured in Valais mountain fall

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 28-year-old Dutch woman died when she fell 200 metres and her 28-year-old climbing companion was gravely injured when he tried to save her and then also fell, late Monday 11 July, near Aletsch, in canton Valais. The two fell as they were coming down from the Dreieckhorn. They were part of […]

Six climbers die in French Alps accidents Saturday

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The bodies of three men and three women were flown out of the Plate des Agneaux area, in the Ecrins chain in France following one of the worst mountaineering accidents in the French Alps in recent history. The three were on a climb not noted for its difficulty, on a beautiful day, […]

British climber dies on Aiguille de Midi, 2nd youth rescued

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One young man has died and a second has been rescued by an emergency team on the Aiguille de Midi in the Chamonix region of France, the Tribune de Geneve reports. The newspaper was told by Chamonix police that the two 19-year-olds were climbing the north face of the Aiguille de Midi […]

Spate of summer accidents kill several in Switzerland

Youth electrocuted in Morges, Pakistani woman dies on Interlaken luge Three climbers die in Valais Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) – The hot, fun days of summer have been accompanied in the region by a series of fatal accidents. A 20-year-old man died in the early hours of Saturday 17 July when he crossed the rails near […]

Two missing Italian climbers found dead near Saas Fee

Saas Fee, Valais, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The bodies of two Italian climbers, ages 46 and 62, were found Thursday morning 27 August on the Lagginhorn (map), near Saas Fee. They went missing Monday after setting off from the Weissmies hut to climb the Lagginhorn, a 4,010 metre peak. At 3,300 metres, for unknown reasons, the […]

Two climbers found dead on Mont Blanc

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The bodies of two climbers , aged 28 and 37, from the Haute-Savoie in neighbouring France were discovered from the air by an airplane 24 June. They were crossing the Talèfre glacier, when they fell to their deaths at about 3,600m. TdG reports that rescue services in Chamonix had to scramble […]