A Couple Of Mountaineers Get Nabbed Cheating Their Way Up Mont Blanc

Credit: Matthieu Riegler, CC-by [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Two Swiss mountaineers tried to take a quick way up to the top of Europe's tallest peak by landing a plane just shy of the summit of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France. However, they were intercepted by the local police and told to turn back.

The two climbers in question landed a small aircraft about 14,600 feet (4,450 meters) up the French mountain this past Tuesday, June 18. The climbers were equipped with ropes and crampons and had begun to finish the ascent of the peak when police caught up to them and asked them to turn back.

As reported by The Guardian, Lt. Col. Stephane Bozon, head of the gendarmerie's mountain rescue service in Chamonix, told Agence France-Presse that authorities saw the plane on the east face of the mountain, which has no authorized landing area. He also said that authorities are considering what offenses may have been committed.


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