Everyone knows that to get to the top of Mont Blanc you have to earn it.
But now imagine having to leave a deposit of 15,000 euros to climb to the highest point in Europe in the event of a fatal accident: 10,000 euros for the collection of the body and another 5,000 euros for the funeral.
This is the suggestion of the mayor of Saint-Gervais, a French village at the foot of Mont Blanc, and is intended to discourage unwary climbers during the summer.
“It’s a way to get attention,” says Mayor Jean-Marc Peillex. “Everyone must be aware that when there are idiots who break the rules, there are consequences. Human consequences for them, because they can die. But there are also human consequences for the rescuers, who will go to find their dead body or who will go. to save them ».
In Italy, reckless climbers pay
With the increase in rock falls in the summer, the danger for climbers is at its peak. However, some climbers are determined to attempt the ascent at all costs, ignoring the recommendations of local authorities.
The municipality of Saint-Gervais wants to reopen the debate on free mountain rescue and wants to follow the example of the Valle d’Aosta across the border, where mountaineers receive an account for the rescue operations necessary for their own recklessness.
“That doesn’t stop a true bailout from staying free,” says Peillex. “Real help. But not those that come from taking risks or disobeying orders. So those in the Aosta Valley, when caught red-handed, pay off in the Aosta Valley”.
The mountain guide companies of Saint-Gervais and Chamonix stopped bringing customers to Mont Blanc until at least August 15.