Mountain-climbers have made a gruesome discovery in the Mont Blanc range of the Alps – the physical structure of a young climber preserved in ice for 32 years.
The body of Patrice Hyvert, who had been preparing to be a scout, was found last Thursday by two mountains-climbers.
Hilbert was last picked up alive on March 1, 1982, when aged 23, he took off on a solitary climb up the western side of the “Aiguille Verte” mountain, part of the Mont Blanc massif that straddles the French-Italian border, before bad weather set in in the afternoon.
Another climber was evacuated from the same mountain two days afterwards, but Hyvert was never found.
Local police confirmed to newspapers that the frozen body was that of the missing climber, finding his identity card still in his wallet.
The breakthrough came as a shock to Hyvert’s 82- yr-old father, Gerard.
The dangerous terrain, and inclement weather, of the Mont Blanc range results in loads of deaths of mountain climbers each year. The consistencies of the missing are often learned the next year after the ice melts.