Adèle Milloz, a French world champion ski mountaineer, and a female climbing companion perished while ascending Mont Blanc in the French Alps
She and an unidentified friend died on the Alpine peak’s route to Aiguille du Peigne before 6.15 p.m. on Friday, according to mountain guides.
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They were more than 10,000 feet above sea level, climbing from Aiguille de Peigne (3,192m) to the nearby peak Aiguille du Midi (3,842m). It’s still unclear what caused the fall exactly
At the Winter Military World Games in Sochi five years ago, Ms. Milloz, who was raised in the Alps, took home gold medals in both the individual and team sprint ski mountaineering events.
She had given up skiing in 2019 and was almost finished with her training to become a certified mountain guide.
Thierry Galindo, her previous coach, described her as “talented and determined.”
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Police are now looking into the specifics of the terrible fall after ruling the deaths to be accidents.
Climbers were urged to postpone their travels to the Alps last month due to record-breaking dry weather that increased the likelihood of hazardous rockfalls, according to a representative for the High Mountain Gendarmerie Platoon.
The high mountains have become more dangerous with the drought. But access was not subject to any particular prohibition.spokesperson for High Mountain Gendarmerie Platoon