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Italian Alpinist Killed In Avalanche In Brenta Dolomites In Italy (Updated)

Dolomites, Italy – On November 12, 2016 a climber was killed in an avalanche of snow and ice at approximately 2800 meters near the Prato Fiorito Glacier between the Rifugio XII Apostoli and the top of Agola in the Brenta Dolomites in northern Italy.

Brenta Dolomites | Pixabay Image

Brenta Dolomites | Pixabay Image

One of the climbers managed to escape the avalanche with minor injuries and the dragged approximately 200 meters and other was buried. The uninjured climber alerted authorities around 14:15. Mountain Rescue responded by helicopter. Fifty people searched with probe lines for several hours. The body of the climber was finally found using search dogs. He was located  was found in a gap between the ice and the rock near the start of the hanging glacier of Prato Fiorito. 

The two alpinists were from Trentino, Italy. According to IlGazzettino.it and IlDolomiti.it, the men did not have avalanche transceivers, shovels, or probes.

The victim has been identified as Francesco Fabbrici, 29.

We will try to update this post as more information becomes available.

There are some decent photos of this terrain in an unrelated post on VeraMontagna.it.


This is the 7th avalanche fatality in Italy since mid-October:


Read more about the avalanche in the Brenta Dolomites from these sources:

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