GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 35-year-old German man died Sunday morning at 09:45 when he fell several hundred metres from the top of a cliff at the Barrhorn in canton Valais.
The mountain, part of the Pennine Alps, is popular with ski tourers and, in warmer weather, hikers.
He and another ski tourer had left the Turtmann hut with skins and skis to climb to the top of the Barrhorn, 3,600 metres, but partway up they realized they would not be able to reach the peak from the path they were on and they turned around to return to the hut.
On the way down, one of the skiers slipped and fell off the edge of the cliff, for reasons that are not clear.
The other skier was able to alert police immediately, but the doctor sent who arrived declared the man dead at the scene of the accident.