montblanc fountain pen refills plunges 1000ft to his death on Mount Blanc after ‘losing his balance’ on section dubbed ‘corridor of death’
The other four had climbed down to a high mountain refuge, which is at an altitude of about 12,600ft,
where they stayed the night on Friday and then continued their descent on Saturday morning.
The man was at an altitude of 11,155ft when he fell.
‘They did not have a guide with them and they were not roped together. The section where the man fell is a dangerous section. There are rock falls. But we do not believe he was hit by a rock. We believe he lost his balance and footing and fell. He fell 300 metres down.
Holiday: The man was with eight friends and five of the party had climbed down and returned to the French town of Chamonix, (pictured) which sits at the foot of Mont Blanc,
when the accident happened
‘The weather was fine. Mont Blanc is not an easy ascent or descent. We would always recommend taking a guide. The death is
the latest in a string of accidental deaths in the Alps.
Earlier this month an 80 year old Brazilian climber died in a fall in the same area.
And in August, Felicity Ward, a teaching assistant from Devon,
took a fatal fall of more than 300ft while walking near the top of the Col de la Vaurze in the Isre region of south eastern France.
A 76 year old British woman also died last month after losing her footing and falling in the Swiss Alps.
Meanwhile two Italian women died on 13 August after being hit by falling ice that triggered an avalanche while they were climbing the Massif de Mont Blanc. The pair were swept into a crevasse and buried in snow.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: ‘We are aware of the death of a British national in France on 21 September. We are providing consular assistance at this difficult time.’
Mont Blanc has the highest fatality rate of any mountain in Europe. But despite being the tallest in western Europe it is not considered difficult to climb technically.
Thousands of amateur climbers with little mountaineering experience tackle the climb each year.
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