Thursday, 17 August 2017 21:15

New by-law sets minimum equipment list for Mont Blanc with immediate effect Featured

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The mayor of St. Gervais has signed a by-law, that comes into effect immediately, that specifies minimum equipment required by anyone attempting to climb Mont Blanc by its most popular route.

Following a recent spate of deaths, accidents and missing people, especially on the Gouter Route, the mayor has signed an "arrete municipale" today which means the following list is mandatory equipment:

  • Warm, waterproof (Gore Tex) jacket
  • Mountaineering trousers and base layer
  • Mountaineering-specific boots and crampons
  • Harness and crevasse rescue equipment
  • Rope
  • Ice axe
  • GPS or altimeter
  • Hat, sunglasses, sun cream, ski mask

Last year Jean-Marc Peillex (Mayor of St Gervais and councilor for the Mont-Blanc Area) threatened to close the Gouter Route completely, after a series of fatalities and accidents and it appears that today's arrete is designed to avoid complete closure. The arrete municipal, which was posted on Facebook, states that on average 20,000 people visit Mont Blanc each summer, with between 350-400 people setting off for an ascent every day, via the various different routes.

Gouter route

Gouter Route

No details have been given of how the by-law will be enforced.


Last modified on Thursday, 17 August 2017 21:35

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