Tragical death on Piz Palü

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Tragical death on Piz Palü

by chris.mueller » Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:05 pm

Website says that Sp-member cyrill, his girl friend and another friend of the pair died in an avalanche last weekend while climbing Piz Palü.

Condolences to their families.

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by Woodie Hopper » Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:18 am

Unbelieveable- I was just reading some of his TR's earlier today as I'm planning my upcoming trip to the Wallis. I really enjoyed his many contributions here on SP.

I'm very sad to learn of this.

Rest in peace.

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Tragic death on Piz Palu

by Cy Kaicener » Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:20 am

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by Moni » Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:38 am

For those who do not speak or read German:

Cyril, his girlfriend (wife?) Tanja and a companion were apparently the first of many parties to ski/climb Palü that weekend. Apparently about 10 parties completed the climb on Saturday and another 70 to 80 on Sunday. There had been considerable new snow that had drifted on Friday, but general conditions and weather were fine. A small section of the slope just below the summit released and took it with them - sounds more like a drift but not quite cornice that broke off. The general avalanche danger was not considered high, but just this very local place was apparently dicey. The accident was not observed and only after acquaintances notified the authorities that they were overdue was a search initiated. A Rega helicopter found and retrieved the bodies late Sunday.

His hikr webpage indicates that he started climbing in 2002 and climbed over 993 summits since then - an impressive log!

My condolences to the family and friends of these 3 departed comrades.!

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by lcarreau » Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:12 am

The young man had contributed immensely and will be missed.


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by Charles » Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:49 am

How very sad. My condolences to all who knew them!

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by andre hangaard » Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:56 am

So tragic to read this sad news about Cyril and Tanja and their friend and what happend to them om Piz Palü. Cyril's contribution to SP was huge and his dedication to the mountains was 100%. My deepest condolences to his family. /André

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by Dave Dinnell » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:26 am

Very sad...

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by Gangolf Haub » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:28 am

I'm simply speechless. We've been in constant contact about technical stuff on SP. Very bad!

Cyrills's Summits !!!

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by WouterB » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:32 am

I read some of his pages before. I think we could've seen a lot more of him if this hadn't happened. rip

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by Gangolf Haub » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:33 am

More info for those who speak German: ... 75,1335962

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by mvs » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:34 am

Just like I always hoped I'd climb with Brutus one day, I felt the same about Cyrill. He had such boundless enthusiasm for mountains. I'm feeling perplexed and worried about what the loss of these two prolific climbers means within the space of one week. God bless Cyrill, Tanya and their friend who are gone.


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