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Search abandoned for illegal French climbers

Submitted by socialclimber on 2006-11-25

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The Haveeru Daily Online reports the search for the four French climbers who illegally crossed into Tibet from Nepal to climb the 7200m Ganesh Himal 7, has now been abandoned. They are believed to have died in an avalanche.

Deebas Shah, the general secretary of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said the bodies could not be reovered as they are in China.

The climbers obtained a permit to climb Mt. Paldor, a 5896m peak in Nepal, but instead tried to tackle the Ganesh Himal 7 in neighbouring Tibet. The illegal summit attempt was confirmed by two friends of the climbers involved in the search. The Nepal Mountaineering Association, has confirmed that any ascent of Ganesh Himal 7, which is situated on the border between Nepal and China, would require crossing on to Chinese soil.

Put off by high permit prices and bureaucratic red tape from Himalayan nations, "illegal climbing" is apparently a common practice.

The four missing climbers are: Jean-Baptiste Moreau, RaphaŽl Perrissin, Vincent Villedieu and Stefan Cieslar.


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I'm surprised by this "illegal" expedition.
An advanced camp has been found on the Mt Paldor not under Ganesh Himal 7. And the french media as well as the French embassy don't talk about an illegal attempt across the border.
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Perhaps a more respectful article title would be appropriate? The "illegal" is a bit insulting for these four mountain brethren.
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agreed, illegal sounds bad - but attracts more clicks i guess. Yeah, bizarre, but i haven't heard anything about 'illegal' here in europe or on their rescue party blog...
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said "illegal" or not, we should have a deep feeling of sorrow for these poor is very sad

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1 out of 5 stars The reference to illegal climbers is borrowed from the original artical, to see it, click "visit this link" under the title.

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