Everybody is aware of that to get to the height of Mont Blanc you need to earn it.
However now think about having to go away a €15,000 deposit to climb to Europe’s highest level in case of any deadly accidents: €10,000 for selecting up the physique and one other €5,000 for the funeral.
That is the suggestion from the mayor of Saint-Gervais, a French village on the foot of Mont-Blanc, and it is supposed to discourage unwary climbers through the summer time.
“It is a technique to appeal to consideration,” says mayor Jean-Marc Peillex. “Everybody must be conscious that when there are idiots who break the foundations, there are penalties. Human penalties for them, as a result of they will die. However there are additionally human penalties for the rescuers, who will go to search for their lifeless physique or who will go to rescue them”.
In Italy, reckless climbers pay
With the rise in rock falls in summer time, the hazard for climbers is at its most. Nonetheless, some mountaineers are decided to aim the ascent in any respect prices, ignoring native authorities’ suggestions.
Saint-Gervais city corridor desires to re-open the controversy over free mountain rescue, and needs to comply with the instance of the Aosta valley in Italy throughout the border, the place climbers get a invoice for any rescue call-outs which can be required as a consequence of their very own recklessness.
“This does not stop a real rescue from remaining free,” says Peillex. “Actual assist. However not those that outcome from taking dangers or disobeying orders. So these, within the Aosta Valley, when they’re caught red-handed, within the Aosta Valley they pay.”
Mountain information firms in Saint-Gervais and Chamonix have stopped taking shoppers up Mont Blanc till no less than 15 August.