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British Skier Falls 5,000ft to Death in French Alps
ibtimes ^ | May 19, 2013 6:07 PM GMT | Timur Moon

Posted on 05/20/2013 7:07:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin

The man, who has yet to be named, fell to his death on the Mont Blanc range after being stranded on a glacial ridge close to the Aiguille du Midi mountain.

He had been out with another skier when they were caught in a storm as they descended the challenging Vallee Blanche, 12,460ft (3,800 metres) above the resort of Chamonix.

The two were left trapped on the peak when their cable car broke down, and with bad weather closing in, high winds and blizzards forced them to abandon their intended descent.

The man's companion managed to get to the lift station, guided by a member of staff, but the second lost his footing and fell 1,500 metres down the north face of the cliff at around 9pm.

(Excerpt) Read more at ibtimes.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: 5000feet; alps; skier

1 posted on 05/20/2013 7:07:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

It’s only the last 100 feet that kills you..


2 posted on 05/20/2013 7:09:07 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: BenLurkin; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

5,000 feet. Is that some kind of a record?


3 posted on 05/20/2013 7:09:51 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: ken5050

But the view was incredible.


4 posted on 05/20/2013 7:10:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: ken5050
If he was an optimist, people on the slopes would have heard him saying (as he went down past them) “So far so good..so far so good...”
5 posted on 05/20/2013 7:11:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

That’s sad. However, it’s very hard to figure out from the article what happened.


6 posted on 05/20/2013 7:12:10 AM PDT by Tax-chick (They will hate it, but I don't care.)
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To: Tax-chick
"That’s sad. However, it’s very hard to figure out from the article what happened."

Actually its very easy...

What happened was:

Gravity...

7 posted on 05/20/2013 7:13:37 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Excellent big-picture summary.


8 posted on 05/20/2013 7:14:35 AM PDT by Tax-chick (They will hate it, but I don't care.)
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To: Tax-chick
Near as I can tell, they were not on a marked ski slopes but preparing to attempt some very challenging runs from a peak, when the weather closed in. The decedent lost his footing as they were coming back down.
9 posted on 05/20/2013 7:15:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

I was confused by the mention of cable cars and staff members, which either were or weren’t involved in the late gentleman’s sudden descent.


10 posted on 05/20/2013 7:18:02 AM PDT by Tax-chick (They will hate it, but I don't care.)
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To: a fool in paradise

These days..one almost expects that would have found the time to film the fall, and post it on YouTube, before he impacted..


11 posted on 05/20/2013 7:20:00 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: Tax-chick
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It is confusingly written. Particularly the reference to a broken cable car. Makes it sound like that was the only reason they were walking down. But considering the totality of the information provided, apparently his friend got back to the upper terminus of the cable lift, but they both had to go a long distance to get there because they had ventured so far off the designated ski slope.

12 posted on 05/20/2013 7:23:36 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
Step 1:

Step 2:

Why did he forget step 2?

13 posted on 05/20/2013 7:23:51 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: BenLurkin

It seems, then, that he fell from “the top,” as it were?


14 posted on 05/20/2013 7:24:58 AM PDT by Tax-chick (They will hate it, but I don't care.)
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To: Tax-chick

Or close to it.


15 posted on 05/20/2013 7:27:51 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks for your help. It is somewhat clearer now.


16 posted on 05/20/2013 7:28:25 AM PDT by Tax-chick (They will hate it, but I don't care.)
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To: a fool in paradise

5000 feet....that’s a long time to think things over.


17 posted on 05/20/2013 7:34:06 AM PDT by wbill
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To: KarlInOhio

Step 2 doesn’t work so well in an alpine storm.


18 posted on 05/20/2013 7:34:59 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: wbill

Quite probably he bounced much of the way. Even on Mt. Blanc I suspect a 5000 foot freefall is unlikely.


19 posted on 05/20/2013 7:36:07 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: BenLurkin

I’m guessing he did not fall 5,000 ft, but rather bounced and tumbled 5,000 ft.


20 posted on 05/20/2013 7:39:58 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: ken5050

***It’s only the last 100 feet that kills you..***

Actually it is not the fall that kills you. It is that sudden stop.


21 posted on 05/20/2013 7:50:05 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: Sherman Logan

****Quite probably he bounced much of the way.****

****TILT!****


22 posted on 05/20/2013 7:51:53 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: BenLurkin
The man, who has yet to be named, fell to his death

Irresponsible parenting.

23 posted on 05/20/2013 7:54:38 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: eartrumpet
The man, who has yet to be named, fell to his death Irresponsible parenting.

LOL!

24 posted on 05/20/2013 7:55:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

So the way I understand it, the men abandoned a cable car, their one source of shelter on the mountain, to go try their luck in a storm with 5000 ft cliffs nearby....


25 posted on 05/20/2013 7:55:30 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: eartrumpet
Lol. I see what you did there.

How sad for him, his family, and friends. Mother nature is relentless.

26 posted on 05/20/2013 8:14:14 AM PDT by convocation
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To: wbill
Earlier in the week, a British climber survived a 700-metre drop, escaping with bruises after being hit by an avalanche on the nearby Aiguille de Bionnassay, on the Italian side of the border.

He was said to have survived by "swimming" through snow and ice as it collapsed down the face of one of Mont Blanc's highest peaks.

27 posted on 05/20/2013 8:15:59 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve been skiing in that area and stayed in Chamonix (Aspen Village will remnind you of the village of Chamonix). And with the opening of the Mont Blanc tunnel it is easily accessible from Geneva, Switzerland (about an hours drive).


28 posted on 05/20/2013 9:37:07 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: BenLurkin

Yikes. RIP.


29 posted on 05/20/2013 9:37:13 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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Isn't it rather late for skiing in the Alps?

I seem to remember that in the 60’s Swiss skiing was iffy when Easter fell late in the year.

You would think with all of the globull warming going on that he would be hiking, not skiing this time of year. /S

30 posted on 05/20/2013 10:35:09 AM PDT by az_gila
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To: a fool in paradise

o/~ I believe I can fly... o/~


31 posted on 05/20/2013 10:35:37 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: a fool in paradise

“5,000 feet. Is that some kind of a record?”

No, but it’s better than average. [rimshot]


32 posted on 05/20/2013 4:39:48 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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