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Jul 3, 2012, 1:01 PM
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FIVE CLIMBERS DIE IN SWISS ALPS FALL
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http://www.outsideonline.com/...h-in-Swiss-Alps.html


Five foreign climbers are reported to have fallen to their deaths after summiting the Lagginhorn in the Swiss Alps on Tuesday. An unidentified team of climbers was descending the 13,155-foot mountain when they inexplicably plunged several hundred meters. A sixth member of the group, who had not made the summit, saw the accident and was able to alert authorities. Police have said that all five were roped together and died at the scene. It is unclear what caused the incident, as the weather was good and the Lagginhorn is known as one of the less technical peaks in the Pennine Alps. The climbers were not identified as their families had yet to be contacted.


im wondering if there was any pro placed ... or was roping up a psychological "crutch" .. there have been incidents like this in the past i believe where parties rope up without any pro


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Similar accident happened years back in Denali


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Condolences to the families of the fallen climbers. Very sad.


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Roping without pro in many cases increases the risk. You gotta wonder sometimes.


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patto wrote:
Roping without pro in many cases increases the risk. You gotta wonder sometimes.

Yeah... don't want to speculate here out of respect for the climbers and their families but unless you're placing solid pro or at least weave the rope around rock spikes as you go you're short-roping. A technique that is best suited for client-guide-situations where one climber is way below his limit and can keep focus on the safety of the other.


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bearbreeder wrote:
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Five foreign climbers are reported to have fallen to their deaths after summiting the Lagginhorn in the Swiss Alps on Tuesday. An unidentified team of climbers was descending the 13,155-foot mountain when they inexplicably plunged several hundred meters. A sixth member of the group, who had not made the summit, saw the accident and was able to alert authorities. Police have said that all five were roped together and died at the scene. It is unclear what caused the incident, as the weather was good and the Lagginhorn is known as one of the less technical peaks in the Pennine Alps. The climbers were not identified as their families had yet to be contacted.


im wondering if there was any pro placed ... or was roping up a psychological "crutch" .. there have been incidents like this in the past i believe where parties rope up without any pro

First of all condolences to the families.

-According to newest reports, they were not roped up.
The snow was very soft due to high temps and rain. A snow slide (avalanche) is another possible cause for the accident.


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