Offbeat: Mont Blanc: Mayor demands 15,000 euros in deposit for rescue and funeral

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The Mont Blanc has its price. Sporty, but also death and accidents are expensive. In order not to stay at the expense, a mayor now asks the mountaineers to the cash register at the foot of Europe's highest peak.

  Mont Blanc: Bürgermeister verlangt von Bergsteigern 15.000 Euro Kaution für Rettung und Beerdigung © Jeff Pachoud/ AFP

. The authorities are currently generally advising a mountain tour on Europe's highest peak. But some mountaineers still dare-much to the trouble of Jean-Marc Peillex. He is the mayor of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, from where mountaineers can get to the mountain via the Goûter route.

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dozens of people would have overlaped the warnings and embarked on a "Russian roulette game", said Peillex. Five Romanian visitors "in short pants, sneakers and straw hats" should have been rejected by the mountain police.

on Italy continued without deposit

He spoke of cliffs who had death in the backpack. Peillex was enough, and he decided: climbers who try to reach the summit from the Goûter hut will have to deposit a deposit of 15,000 euros in the future in order to cover the costs if they need to be saved or even die. 10,000 euros were estimated for the rescue, and 5000 euros for their own funeral.

"We should calculate the costs for your rescue and funeral, because it is unacceptable that the French taxpayers have to pay for it," said Peillex. The most recent heat wave in France and Italy has also made the promotion to Mont Blanc even more dangerous.

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The President of the Chamonix Mountain Federation, Olivier Grébert, estimated this week that only 20 people would reach the 4807 meter high summit a day. Usually there are more than a hundred.

The summit can also be reached from the Italian side via the Ratti-Weg via the GOûter hut. The mayor of the town of Courmayeur at the foot of the mountain on the Italian side, Roberto Rota, does not want to make access to Mont Blanc difficult, according to an report by the "Guardian" . "The mountain is not property," he is quoted. "We as administrators can limit ourselves to reporting suboptimal conditions along the routes, but to request a deposit to climb the summit is really surreal."

only had Noé Vérité a few days ago, the hut manager of the Cosmiques hut, On the regular route about France, "as big as refrigerators" reports. The risk of rockfall has recently increased in large areas of the Alps , in the Switzerland a woman had only been killed in climbing at the weekend. For example, on the Matterhorn , mountain guides are currently warning of an ascent .

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