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Mont Blanc: Mayor Saint-Gervais, refuges reopening from Saturday

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(ANSA) – AOSTA, AUGUST 17 – Thanks to the “end of the heat wave and some rainfall”, the mayor of Saint-Gervais (France), Jean-Marc Peillex, plans to reopen the Tete refuges from Saturday 20 August next Rousse (except base camp) and del Gouter, on the French side of Mont Blanc. In this way it actually allows the climb along the most popular normal route to the summit: the closure was started on 5 August last due to the increasingly frequent collapses of stones due to drought. For this reason, as early as July 14, the mountain guides no longer offered the ascent to their customers.

The same guides carried out a reconnaissance yesterday, August 16, to assess the conditions of the Aiguille and the Gouter couloir, the area where the most dangerous collapses occur: with the deserted mountain they were able to reclaim “many unstable blocks that had been seen for several years “, writes Peillex in a note. But this “does not mean that there is no longer any risk since the mountain is a natural environment that responds only to its own rules, without the possibility of human control”.

So “in the event that the climatic situation worsens again, or in the event of new episodes of large landslides, I should therefore immediately order the closure of the shelters”. (HANDLE).

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