The French Alps feature some of the most beautiful mountains on earth. They provide superb hiking terrain during the summer months. Ever hear of Mont Blanc meaning “White Mountain.? It is the highest mountain in the Alps, Western Europe, and the European Union at 15,781 ft above sea level. I’m biased to the Sierra Nevada and our own Yosemite as numero uno.
A British father and son pushed hiking season this weekend when while hiking. The bodies of Peter Saunders (43) and his son Charlie (12) were found lying feet apart on Sunday morning after they took a dangerous trail that is only safe in summer. Peter called police for help when his son fell down a cliff on Saturday to spend the weekend hiking around ‘The Junction’ in Chamonix. He apparently went down in an attempted rescue.
They are thought to have rode the chair lift from to the approaches of the Bossons Glacier, at 4,600ft. They were found on the glacier at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Neither carried any specialist equipment such as axes and rope, and both were wearing ordinary hiking boots rather than the crampons recommended by local guides. Guides said that because of snow and ice, if you do not have crampons or ice axes, it is impossible to stop if you fall.
Sad, very sad. Pleae wait until the Sierra snows melt a bit before venturing out. I heard of a hiking group that plans to summit now. They will bring a rope in case “it’s needed.” Crazy, Daddy-O
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The most important thing in life is learning how to fall.” – Jeannette Walls
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com