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Topic - Mont Blanc range conditions

Luca Signorelli - on 31 Jul 2009
While so far conditions have been surprisingly good this year, and the accident ratio relatively low if compared with 2007 and 2008, unfortunately higher temperatures and mediocred night refreeze are creating a dangerous mixture particularly on S facing snow slope. This seems the case for two deadly accidents in the last 48 hours

- a German climber has died on the normal route of the GJ, while he was climbing unroped with two friends. A snow patch as given way and the climber has fallen for almost 600m all the way down to the Whymper Couloir

- two Swiss climbers (a guide and a client) have fallen while crossing the great couloir on the Innominata ridge. The hour was very prudent (5:30am) and the altitude 4400m, but still snow conditions seem to be the cause of the accident.

In particular, it's been suggested to avoid for a while the normal route to Tour Ronde (at least until temperatures return to a decent level).

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