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Soldier dies in avalanche

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BBC reports British soldier dead following avalanche in French Alps Sad
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It's not often one hears of fatal avalanches in high summer in the Alps - I guess people would tend to be more off-guard at this time of year.
Have there been unusual weather conditions in the area?

On the face of it, he seems most unlucky.
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I read an article earlier in the year about climbing Mont Blanc in the summer. The most dangerous aspect appeared to be crossing gullies that were prone to rock slides from the melting ice. I think that a lot of people tend to be injured/killed by these so not particularly unlucky.

I'm wondering whether this is a full avalanche as in crushed/covered by debris, or struck by objects within the avalanche?
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You do get avalanches in high summer, as it often snows even in June or July above 3000m, plus you have higher daytime temperatures, seracs collapsing etc. Mountaineers will know of the risks and take appropriate precautions with route choice, time of day, recent weather etc just like we skiers do, but are sometimes unlucky of course.

I used to do a lot of mountaineering and remember one time we were staying in the Rothorn hutte not too far from Zermatt, and had been playing cards with a young Swiss couple after our meal, then the next morning we set off early to climb the Rothorn and afterwards got back to the hut to find they had been killed in an avalanche on the Wellenkuppe/Obergabelhorn route. That was my first experience of an avalanche, when I was about 11 or 12 yrs old.....
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i always wear a transceiver on the rare occasions i go mountaineering. all the problems caused by everything warming up are the reason for the "alpine start" (ie at about 3am). it's also a reason why (so i am told) climbs like the n face of the eiger are increasingly done in winter. the cold keeps all the loose stones bound to the face, rather than falling off and pelting you as you climb
interestingly, according to one guide book i have, now is usually the safest time on mont blanc de tacul. the avalanche danger is usually very high in winter months
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http://www.pistehors.com/ has some more details of this tragedy.
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