The White Mountain. Part II. By Dave Phillips. Edited by Brieuc Martin-Onraet

Equinoxio

“Previously” on the White Mountain:

A team of newbie mountaineers, with the exception of one, from all over Europe, decides to climb Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe. After proper training in Chamonix, they set off for the first part of the journey: the Corridor of Death. Two crew members nearly lose their life the first day. On the second day, they start the final ascent towards the top of Mont-Blanc in ideal conditions. Crisp fresh snow under boots and crampons. Clear starry skies above. Peachy.

But then a few snow flakes start falling…

At around 04.30, at 4,300m, we hit a furious snowstorm which froze beards, lashed our faces and brought about a complete “whiteout” – preventing us from distinguishing ground from sky. Eventually the guides indicated that to proceed was out of the question so, agonizingly, we turned down mountain.

Frustrated, extremely, we’d asked the guides: “How…

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