5 Accused of Manslaughter in 12 Year Old Climber’s Death After Equipment Fails

French officials have charged 5 people with manslaughter in the death of 12-year-old Tito Traversa on a climbing accident in Orpierre, France after his equipment failed allegedly because of faulty equipment.

Among those charged is the owner of the company that produced the rubber keepers without instructions, and the owner of the gear shop that sold the keepers. The manager of the club that organized the climbing trip, as well as two of the instructors who were on site, have also been charged for failing to monitor the assembly of the equipment.

5 Charged With Manslaughter in Tito Traversa Death | News from the Field | OutsideOnline.com.


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French gendarmes to patrol Mont Blanc after illegal campers leave waste

The French have deployed gendarmes to police the slopes of Mount Blanc where due overcrowding tents are being erected because the Huts are full and the campers are leaving behind waste.

French gendarmes to patrol Mont Blanc – Telegraph.


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International Backcountry Accidents – Vancouver, Sherpas, Snowdonia, France, South Africa

International backcountry accident wrap up:
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4 Fatalities in European Avalanches


Two climbers and two skiers died in the French Alps on Sunday in a weekend with high avalanche risk, said rescue services. Two others were still missing.
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2 Fatalities on Most Difficult Ushba Route in Georgia’s Caucasus

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Civil.de reports two Georgian climbers from a Georgian-Dutch expedition perished on the 4,710-meter Ushba mountain in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains.
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Avalanche Kills 3 in French Alps

News24 reports 3 climbers in the in the Ecole en Bauges region of Savoie in the French Alps near Grenoble were swept to their deaths by an avalanche, Local officials in Savoie said an investigation would be carried out into the circumstances of the worst single mountain accident of the season.


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French Dedicate World's Tallest Road Bridge (886 Feet) — Taller Than Eiffle Tower

Bloomberg repots that the French have dedicated the world’s highest road bridge which is taller than the Eiffle Tower.

The Millau Viaduct carries the highway from Paris to the Mediterranean some 270 meters (886 feet) above the Tarn River. Stretching for 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles), the bridge took three years to build at a cost of 320 million euros ($426 million). Motorists will be charged 4.9 euros to drive over it.

Built by French construction company Eiffage SA to Foster’s design, the bridge’s highest pylon measures 343 meters. That’s about 20 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which Eiffage helped build for the 1889 World’s Fair.


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