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Missing Mont Blanc mountain climber found after 32 years in ice

Frozen Body Found 30 Years After Going Missing

(Reuters) - Mountain-climbers have made a grisly discovery in the Mont Blanc range of the Alps - the body of a young climber preserved in ice for 32 years.



The body of Patrice Hyvert, who had been training to be a guide, was found last Thursday by two mountain-climbers, local newspaper Dauphine Libere and other media reported.

Hyvert was last seen 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 later, 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 discovery came as a shock to Hyvert's 82-year-old father, Gerard.

"I'm a mountain man, and I would have preferred him to stay up there," he told RTL radio. "He was better on a mountain than in a coffin. He was in his element."

The dangerous terrain, and inclement weather, of the Mont Blanc range results in scores of deaths of mountain climbers each year. The bodies of the missing are often discovered the following year after the ice thaws.

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skitzlpk July 11 2014 at 11:11 AM

I actually agree with the man's father on this. This man was indeed in "his element" & the mountain that claimed him should stand as his final resting place. I'm not into climbing but I can surely understand if this is what you love, as an adventurer, it is only fitting it serve as your final voice in what you stood for. That is with the exception however the snow & ice accommodate keeping you preserved in fitting fashion..

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chickenslatts skitzlpk July 12 2014 at 12:02 AM

Not to mention serving as potential survival meals for other hapless climbers.

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MAD_DAWG1 July 11 2014 at 11:10 AM

Never go on a mountain in the winter by yourself. Bet he will never do that again

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dwtomczyk July 11 2014 at 11:22 AM

did they take his money?

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wilmaflintstone dwtomczyk July 11 2014 at 2:33 PM

Wow, that is what you have to say about this story? Perhaps you are thinking what YOU would do, most of us are honest.

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grainman1955 dwtomczyk July 11 2014 at 7:42 PM

Are you serious???

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BlahBlahBlah July 11 2014 at 12:14 PM

I hate the video hosts, AOL. NO ONE wants to watch a person standing in a "news room" repeating exactly what is already written in the article. We want to see things pertaining to the subject matter. Furthermore, take the friggin autoplay off AOL. I will decide WHEN AND IF I want to play the goddammed video.

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flagwaver2 BlahBlahBlah July 12 2014 at 12:41 AM

They are all so annoying. Every one.

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suzannji2 BlahBlahBlah July 12 2014 at 12:50 AM

Amen. I'd prefer to read the news instead of listening to some annoying bimbo talking. I turn the sound off, but it's irritating to have to do it every single time.

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thosholzel July 11 2014 at 10:32 AM

He died with his boots on. Not a bad way to go. (But much too young!)

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East Coast Video July 11 2014 at 10:26 AM

So Dad calls himself a "mountain man". Sounds like an ignorant, selfish, thoughtless mountain man. I hope his son was a better person.

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alphaome4 July 11 2014 at 10:28 AM

I bet the guy was glad to be found.

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aresumepg July 11 2014 at 10:21 AM

At this point, it is not a rescue mission. It is called a recovery mission.

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dlerch July 11 2014 at 11:04 AM

Have they thought about thawing him and out and trying to ressusitate him? If he froze to death....I know they've done it with mammals in the lab..freezing them to death then bringing them back...

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Wolfman Thomas July 11 2014 at 6:19 PM

you would never catch me up there

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jakki051 Wolfman Thomas July 11 2014 at 6:35 PM

Me either!

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