A Polish climber perished last Sunday, February 24, 2019, after falling 400 meters while ascending Europe's highest mountain, Mont-Blanc. According to the PGHM, Krystian Madeja (25) fell due to a technological error. His equipment was also alleged to be defective. He is the first fatality in the history of mountaineering on Mont-Blanc.
According to the findings of an inquiry, the death of an experienced climber who fell at least 1,300 feet (400m) down Ben Nevis was a "tragic accident." Patrick Boothroyd, 21, died after being trapped in an avalanche while scaling the mountain with Leon Grabowski.
Every year, over 20,000 individuals attempt the climb. With this catastrophe, 15 individuals have died on Mont Blanc this climbing season, compared to 14 dead and two missing last year.
Uri Geller and Marcel Bessette were the first people to climb Mont Blanc together, on July 4, 1959. They were paid 500 francs for their effort.
It is unique in that it is the only mountain in the world covered by ice at all times of the year. Even during the warmest months, you can find glaciers on Mont Blanc.
Mountains play an important role in determining how our planet evolves. They create conditions that are critical for life to exist: high temperatures at the top of the mountains, low temperatures at the bottom, it rains a lot, there is less sunlight radiation, and so on. Mountains also protect us by providing natural barriers against extreme weather and earthquakes. Finally, they provide valuable resources such as water and minerals which are used by humans.
The United States has the most climbers among foreigners, followed by Germany and the United Kingdom. More than 140 climbers have perished on Aconcagua, mostly from altitude sickness problems, but also from falls, heart attacks, hypothermia, and other weather-related causes. The actual death toll may be higher, since some bodies are never found.
Aconcagua is the highest mountain in both Argentina and Chile. At 2976 meters (9843 feet), it is not only the highest peak in South America, but also in the Southern Hemisphere as well as in the Western Hemisphere. The previous record holder, Mount Everest in Nepal, is only slightly higher at 2968 meters (9744 feet).
Aconcagua is used for climbing because of its large number of peaks of over 4000 feet, which are generally more difficult to reach than those below this height. It is a popular destination with experienced climbers from all over the world who take part in events called "rope-ups". These are when groups of climbers use their own ropes to climb together up very steep sections of the mountain. The first American to ascend Aconcagua was Edwin Dwight Davis, who reached the top on April 23, 1909.
The best known route up the mountain is the traditional one through Chilean territory, which requires six to eight days to complete.
From 1903 through the conclusion of the climbing season in 2006, 96 people perished on Denali. The death rate has dropped to 3.08 per 1,000 summit attempts. Of the 96 deaths, 92 percent were men, 51 percent happened on the West Buttress path, and 45 percent were caused by falls. The other major cause of death was hypothermia (32 percent).
The average age of those who died on Denali was 34. Men averaged 49 years old at their death while women averaged 35 years old. Overall, white people accounted for 75 percent of the deaths on Denali.
Of the 96 fatalities, only 12 were female. Women's deaths on Denali tend to happen more often than men's but are still rare. The average age of women who died on Denali was 38 years old. White people accounted for 83 percent of the female deaths.
In total, 119 people have died while on Denali National Park Service land since the mountain was made a national park in 1980. About half of these deaths occurred before 1980 so they aren't included in this statistic.
The number of visitors to Denali has increased over the past few decades. From 1980 to 2009, the peak annual visitation rate increased from 5 million to 7 million. In 2009, there were about 4 million visits to the park overall, including those made outside the park boundary.