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Two British Climbers perish - Mont Blanc

Postby RayMondo » Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:47 pm

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/ar ... nrN_BZlHQg

GRENOBLE (AFP) - Two Britons, James Atkinson and Robert Douglas Gauntlett, Britain's youngest to conquer Everest, died on (10/Jan/2009) after a fatal fall in the Mont Blanc in the French Alps, said Sunday the police. Gauntlett, aged 21, and his compatriot of the same age were found dead Saturday at the foot of the gangway Gervasutti under Mont Blanc du Tacul (4,260 meters), it was clear from the same source. They fell several hundred meters.

On May 17, 2006, Rob Gauntlett became the youngest Briton to reach the top of the roof of the world (8,848 meters) at the age of 19 years.

http://www.robgauntlett.com/
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u ... 493888.ece
Timeline of accomplishments:
http://www.robgauntlett.com/AboutRob.php
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Postby JackCarr » Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:55 pm

Pretty sure this was last year.
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sad...

Postby climbxclimb » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:24 pm

Sad news....It is interesting that it happened on the Gervasutti Couloir, hardly anybody climbs that route these days because of the danger of the serac at the top. The serac has been in bad conditions for years, I wonder if they got struck by ice block falling from above...
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Postby xDoogiex » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:12 am

Poor youngsters
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Postby Diego Sahagún » Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:13 am

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Postby phlipdascrip » Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:52 pm

Not that it matters much but yes this was last year (Jan 2009).
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Postby RayMondo » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:12 pm

Some further articles at the top of the page. Timeline of achievements and his companion.
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2 British climbers perish on Mont Blanc

Postby Cy Kaicener » Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:19 pm

Scottish ski resorts are closing because of too much snow
http://planetski.eu/news/1252
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Postby Diego Sahagún » Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:59 pm

phlipdascrip wrote:Not that it matters much but yes this was last year (Jan 2009).

YEP, IT WAS IN JANUARY 2009
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