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Two Climbers Killed After Avalanche Buries Them 10 Meters Deep In Crevasse On Mont Blanc Massif

Rescuers Find Bodies Of Two Climbers Buried In Deep Crevasse on Brouillard Glacier On The Italian Side Of Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Massif, Italy – On Saturday, October 29, 2016 two climbers were caught in an avalanche and dragged into a crevasse on the Brouillard Glacier on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif. Rescuers recovered their bodies using Recco Systems that picked up their cell phones on November 3, 2016.

Mont Blanc Massif | Pixabay Image

Mont Blanc Massif | Pixabay Image

The avalanche victims were identified as Italian Daniele Colombo, 36, and Slovenian Domen Kastelic, 34. The pair left Val Veny on Friday and stayed the night in the Refuge Monzino at 2590 meters. Early on Saturday morning, they ventured across the Brouillard Glacier destined for the Bivouac Eccles at 3850 meters, but they never reached their destination.

Authorities were notified by the friends and families when they did not return. Aosta Valley Mountain Rescue and proper authorities responded to the area and began a search. No one witnessed the avalanche and Colombo and Kastelic were ultimately found buried ten meters deep in a crevasse under two meters of snow.

The climbers were tied together and properly equipped for the terrain. Once extricated, the victims were transported to Courmayer.

Visit ANSA.it for photos of the rescue. CampToCamp.org has a good photo of the overall area of Mont Blanc de Courmayeur, the Refuge Monzino, and the Glacier du Brouillard.

As of this post, there had been six avalanche fatalities in Italy so far this season. These two and four alpinists who died on the Hochferner on October 22, 2016.

Update: We originally mistakenly identified the climbers and their nationalities due to a Google Translate error. We have updated accordingly. If you see other mistakes in this post, please notify us and we will correct them.

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


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