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Topic - Ecrins drama

jon on 28 Nov 2012
Let's hope these guys manage to get to safety: http://www.ledauphine.com/hautes-alpes/2012/11/27/dome-des-ecrins-trois-alpinistes-toujours-bloques

Briefly three Italian climbers set off Sunday morning from the Pré de Madame Carle at 02:00 to do the Gabarrou Marsigny route on the Barre des Ecrins. They get to the top at 16:00 but bivouac somewhere near the Dome de Neige. They apparently try to descend via the normal route but later there mobile phones give their position as below the Brèche Lory at 3900m so they must be trying to descend to the Refuge Temple Ecrins. The PGHM have tried three different approaches on ski - the weather is too bad for their helicopters - via the Glacier Noir, Glacier Blanc and from la Bérarde but all have had to turn back due to the huge amount of new snow and avalanche danger. The weather is appalling at the moment, but due to improve a bit from tomorrow. Let's hope they've managed to reach the refuge Temple Ecrins.
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