Missing Belgian Snowboarder Found Frozen on Mont Blanc

By on September 9, 2014

(Excerpt from New York Daily News)
The corpse of a Belgian snowboarder who went missing in the French Alps more than two years ago has been found on Mont Blanc. Mountain climbers made the grisly discovery early Saturday morning. The unidentified man, who was in his 40s, reportedly disappeared in January 2012. He was last seen heading off to snowboard alone through the famous glacial back country White Valley route. His frozen, preserved, body was discovered in the Dent du Geant (“Giant’s Tooth”) glacier, at an altitude of 6,500 feet. “This glacial valley, which connects the Aiguille du Midi mountain to Chamonix, via the Dent du Geant, is particularly dangerous,” a Chamonix mountain police spokesman told The Local. “He must certainly have disappeared into a crevasse,” he added. Some 130 people have disappeared in the range since 1950. It comes two months after climbers found the body of a young mountaineer who’d died and been preserved in ice for 32 years. Patrice Hyvert, who had been training to be a guide, was last seen alive on March 1, 1982. Aged 23, he took off on a solitary climb up the western side of the Aiguille Verte mountain.

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