Mont Blanc Massif, France – On Monday, August 7, 2017 a 35-year-old Japanese mountaineer set out alone from the Aiguille du Midi on the Mont Blanc Massif. After getting stuck in bad weather, the mountaineer notifyed a friend by cell phone that he was lost. He planned to take shelter in a snow hole between 3,500 and 4,800 meters. He has not been heard from since.
Poor weather conditions have made it challenging for PGHM from Chamonix and Annecy to conduct a proper search. Rescuers are optimistic that the mountaineer could still be alive as long as he has shelter and water. Authorities are asking for any witnesses who might be able to help locate Mr. Shimosawa Hironobu.
PGHM Chamonix Mont-Blanc posted the following on their Facebook page:
The search will continue for the missing Japanese climber. We will try to update this post when more information is available.
Earlier this month a South Korean mountaineer was found dead on Mont Blanc. Read more on TheLocal.fr.
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