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Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby Jake » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:17 am

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Re: Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby Cy Kaicener » Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:24 pm

Bad News indeed. The link below has a picture of Mt Maudit

http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67253
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Re: Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby Kai » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:27 pm

From the New York Times:



At 14,648 feet, Mont Maudit offers routes that are among the most challenging and treacherous in the world. About 30 people a year die in the Swiss Alps, while Mont Maudit alone claims dozens a year, though not usually in such large groups.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/13/world ... monix.html


Really???? Dozens of people die on Mount Maudit each year? I would be surprised if that were true.
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Re: Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby Diego Sahagún » Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:41 am

I don't think so, I'd say that's 12 in the worst years...
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Re: Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby Diego Sahagún » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:49 am

They say there're 100 deaths each year in MB Massif, being the more deathly in the world:

http://actualite.lachainemeteo.com/actu ... -17504.php (in French)
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Re: Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby TimB » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:44 pm

Diego Sahagún wrote:They say there're 100 deaths each year in MB Massif, being the more deathly in the world:

http://actualite.lachainemeteo.com/actu ... -17504.php (in French)


Wow! Still, I wonder how many people climb the MB? Thousands a year, perhaps??
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Re: Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby Buz Groshong » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:46 pm

Kai wrote:From the New York Times:



At 14,648 feet, Mont Maudit offers routes that are among the most challenging and treacherous in the world. About 30 people a year die in the Swiss Alps, while Mont Maudit alone claims dozens a year, though not usually in such large groups.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/13/world ... monix.html


Really???? Dozens of people die on Mount Maudit each year? I would be surprised if that were true.


Well, the media has been getting the terminology screwed up (calling the victims "hikers"), so is it any wonder that they've also gotten the facts screwed up. Probably dozens of deaths each year on the Mont Blanc massif.
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Re: Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby Buz Groshong » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:49 pm

Actually that was a misquote (unless the Times revised their article without noting it). Here's what the Times article says:

"About 30 people a year die in the Swiss Alps, while Mont Blanc has in the past claimed dozens of deaths, though not usually in such large groups."
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Re: Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby rgg » Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:10 pm

Buz Groshong wrote:Actually that was a misquote (unless the Times revised their article without noting it). Here's what the Times article says:

"About 30 people a year die in the Swiss Alps, while Mont Blanc has in the past claimed dozens of deaths, though not usually in such large groups."


A strange comparison that the Times is making here, implying that Mont Blanc is in Switzerland. I mean, it would make sense if the article stated how many people die in the French Alps ...

That said, my condoleances go out to the families of those involved.

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Re: Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby TimB » Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:55 pm

Guess I shouldn't be surprised at the errors in the article. It is the NYT, after all. :lol:
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Re: Avalanche on Mont Maudit (Mont Blanc)

Postby Buz Groshong » Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:13 pm

rgg wrote:
Buz Groshong wrote:Actually that was a misquote (unless the Times revised their article without noting it). Here's what the Times article says:

"About 30 people a year die in the Swiss Alps, while Mont Blanc has in the past claimed dozens of deaths, though not usually in such large groups."


A strange comparison that the Times is making here, implying that Mont Blanc is in Switzerland. I mean, it would make sense if the article stated how many people die in the French Alps ...

That said, my condoleances go out to the families of those involved.

Rob


You just don't understand americans, do you? :wink: Here in the US many people say the "Swiss Alps," meaning the Alps. Still, you would expect better of the Times - but then they don't know the difference between hiking and climbing! Wait a minute - neither do some members of summitpost; they keep posting about "state highpoint climbers." :shock:
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