Rouen (@1.1) vs Chamonix Mont-Blanc Pionieers (@14.0)

Our Prediction:

Rouen will win

Rouen – Chamonix Mont-Blanc Pionieers Match Prediction | 26-10-2019 14:00

If you look through binoculars, though, you can see on the high expanse of the Grand Plateau, at 12,000 feet, the black wreckage of a helicopter; and somewhere among it there lie the bodies of Jean Vincendon and Franois Henri, the two young climbers who found themselves stranded there twelve days ago. Nobody knows for certain whether they are alive or dead, but they must be as near death as men can be; and all attempts to rescue them have been abandoned. This morning helicopters were creeping up the face of the mountain and hovering above the Dme du Goter, and the whirring of their blades filled the valley as they took off from the big skating rink at Chamonix. Everything was quiet on Mont Blanc this evening. Now everything is still and silent in the sunshine.

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The crew of the crashed helicopter have been removed by air from the refuge hut of Vallot, together with six instructors from the French Army mountain school at Chamonix. Experts say that it would take thirty men to drag Vincendon and Henri to safety, and then only if the weather (which has been beautiful today) remains friendly. The only rescue attempt by land, that led by Lionel Terray, was defeated by the weather. There is nobody else high on the mountain. The instructors who reached the two men earlier this week, but were unable to remove them, say that even then one of them was only just breathing, and the other desperately frost-bitten from the waist down. The guides of Chamonix never set out.

All the same, if a peace of requiem reigns this evening on the mountain, down in Chamonix a vicious controversy is raging. For this initiative he has now been expelled from the organisation. It revolves in particular around the bold person of Lionel Terray. He has long been a member, perhaps the most distinguished, of the Chamonix organisation of professional guides; but when the organisation let it be known that it would make no attempt to rescue the climbers (the risks were too great), he defied their opinion and made a determined attempt with a team of amateurs to reach the Grand Plateau.

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The guides, in a statement published to-day, explain their views at length (just as in any Chamonix cafe this morning, you could hardly escape some hasty and protracted argument of justification.) The conditions were too awful for a rescue, they said; many of the guides had wives and children to think of, a rescue attempt was not a publicity stunt, it was up to them to decide whether the risks were acceptable; and it was to be hoped (the statement ended severely) that in future the enterprise of Alpinists would be marked by a little more prudence and modesty.

This awe-inspiring mountain, meaning literally White Mountain in French, is the highest mountain in the Alps, of France and of the European Union. Its summit rises 4,810.45 m (15,782 ft) above sea level, between the French and Italian towns of Chamonix and Courmayeur. Mont-Blanc is situated in the east of the French dpartement of Haute-Savoie (74) dpartement, where France, Switzerland and Italy meet.

The Grand Plateau certainly looks inexpressibly cold and lonely, in spite of the sunshine. Here on the Aiguille du Midi, at about 11,700ft, the icy wind is unbearable; higher up it is said to have been blowing at about 100 mph, and the temperature goes down to minus 35deg centigrade.

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Ill be updating the blog very soon with more pics and info about what we discovered today! In the meantime, check out our page on Savoie on the blog . . There was SO much to discover: the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m high!), the Montenvers rack railway, the view over the Mer de Glace (Frances largest glacier) and a little walk in the town centre of Chamonix. . A little selection of photos taken yesterday in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

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This popular tourist attraction is 12.4 km long and was completed in 1914. The three coaches were named Anne, Marie and Jeanne, from the names of the three daughters of the lines owner at the time of electrification. It is now operated by the Compagnie du Mont Blanc who also manage the Montenvers train and the Aiguille du Midi cable-car. Initially worked by steam locomotives, the line was then electrified in 1956.