Dead at 3,000ft: 26-year-old French world champion skier and woman climber die after losing footing on Mont Blanc
- Double gold medalist Adèle Milloz, 26, and an unnamed friend, 30, fell to the max
- Milloz was at the end of his training to become a professional mountaineer
- She was remembered as a “bright young woman” by the president of local guides
- Experts warn record drought conditions have made Alps ‘more dangerous’
A world champion skier and her climbing partner died in the French Alps while climbing Mont Blanc.
Adèle Milloz, 26, and an unnamed friend, 30, died on the route from the Alpine peak to the Aiguille du Peigne before 6.15pm this Friday, mountain guides confirmed.
They were over 10,000 feet above the ground, traversing from the Aiguille de Peigne (3,192m) to the nearby summit Aiguille du Midi (3,842m).
It is not clear how they fell to their deaths on the mountain.
Milloz, who grew up in the Alps, won gold in the individual and team alpine ski sprint at the World Military Winter Games in Sochi five years ago.
He had retired from skiing in 2019 and was about to complete his training to become a professional mountain guide.
Milloz was remembered by her former coach as “talented and driven”, with Chamonix Mountain Guides president Olivier Greber adding: “Adèle was a bright young woman”.
Milloz, 26 (left), was a two-time world ski mountain champion and a formidable climber who reached the end of her training. Right: She is photographed on an alpine peak
Her former coach Thierry Galindo remembered her as “talented and motivated”.
Milloz is depicted on top of a coastal mountain
And the president of the Company of Guides of Chamonix, Olivier Greber, told AFP: “Adèle was a bright young woman.
“The whole company feels infinite sadness today.”
The French Mountaineering and Climbing Federation also stated: “We will always miss his smile.”
Fellow hikers discovered the women’s bodies on the trail, which is considered relatively easy, after 6:15 p.m.
The deaths have been ruled an accident, and police are now investigating the exact circumstances of the tragic fall.
A spokesman for the High Mountain Constabulary Section said: “The high mountains have become more dangerous with the drought.
The mountain route where Milloz and her companion fell to their deaths is located, as well as the 3,842m Aiguille du Midi summit they were heading towards. Inlays: Mont Blanc in Europe
Milloz is seen climbing an alpine peak on a sunny day. Record drought conditions had made French mountains “more dangerous”, experts warned, due to an increased likelihood of rock falls.
Mont Blanc (Refuge du Gouter point in the photo) is the highest mountain in Europe, at 4,809 m.
“But access was not subject to any particular prohibition.”
Last month climbers were advised to postpone their trips to the Alps as record dry conditions made dangerous rockfalls more likely.
France has just experienced its hottest July on record, with temperatures reaching 42°C (107.6°F) in some parts of the country.
Hundreds of firefighters from Germany, Poland, Romania and Italy were drafted into Gironde, near Bordeaux, to help tackle a fire that started burning in early July as the summer heatwave set in which broke a record in Europe before reigniting a few days ago, forcing 10,000 people to leave their homes and burning 7,000 hectares of pine forest.
More than 60,000 hectares (230 square miles) have burned so far in France this year, six times the annual average for 2006-2021, data from the European Forest Fire Information System show.
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