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Mont Blanc Claims Imperial Postgraduate

Jul 26 2007 13:03
Ashley Brown
A 1999 Imperial graduate, still registered as an occasional postgraduate, has died on Mont Blanc after climbing in poor weather.
Photo: Wolfram Palmbach

A British climber who died on Mont Blanc at the start of the week has been named as Mark Emerson, a graduate from Civil Engineering in 1999 and currently registered as an occasional postgraduate.

Emerson, 30, was with his girlfriend and two students from L'Enshmg, an engineering college in Grenoble, when the group was caught unprepared in worsening weather. They attempted their ascent of the highest peak in Western Europe with no tent and limited other equipment, despite a poor weather forecast. Rescuers were initially unable to find the group as their helicopter was unable to fly in the poor conditions, with winds of up to 75mph, heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures.

The group set out early on Monday morning from a mountain refuge where they had spent three days, acclimatising to the altitude at the start of their climb. Twelve hours later they realised they were in trouble and called rescuers, but could not give a location. Poor conditions meant they were not found until Tuesday.

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