5 Climbers Dead on Western Europe's Tallest Mountain
Guide missing on Mont Blanc, site of many recent deaths
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2014 8:46 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Another tragedy has struck at the peak of climbing season on Western Europe's highest mountain: Five climbers have perished on Mont Blanc in France and their guide is still missing, reports the AP. Word went out that the climbers had disappeared yesterday evening when they didn't come back from a scheduled ascent of a 12,800-foot summit on the mountain. Rescuers recovered the bodies this morning, notes the BBC. The deceased are thought to be French nationals who were with a travel company that specializes in outdoor adventures for young people ages 6 to 39, reports RFI.

Meanwhile, local officials are shaking their heads at the latest climbing catastrophe. At least eight people have died so far this summer, according to RFI. American climber Patrick Sweeney came under fire last month for trying to break a climbing record with his two kids, ages 9 and 11, whom he filmed getting tossed around by a small avalanche at the mountain's "Corridor of Death," reports the Guardian. "He was trying to break the record for stupidity," says the head of a local mountaineering guides' club. The mayor of the town at the base of the mountain calls Sweeney "reckless" and has banned him from visiting, telling the Guardian, "Next time, he might be filming his children's death on reality TV."

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Aug 14, 2014 2:15 AM CDT
"That's All Folks!" ... Mel Blanc
Aug 13, 2014 9:56 PM CDT
Hey mountain climbing is like playing Russian Roulette, you get a thrill for awhile until the next play comes up and kaboom and your brains are splattered and you die because you wanted a rush, and you want people to afterwards feel sorry for them hahaha....don't feel nothing for their dumbness...
Ezekiel 25:17
Aug 13, 2014 6:28 PM CDT
Is this the modern day version of the Siege of Masada? Is Isis the modern version of King Harod? Could be possible as he cut up children, killed massive amounts of Jews, and Jesus was ordered to trial by his son Harod Antipas.