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British Climber Killed By Rockfall on the Matterhorn

The 14,692-foot peak is one of Switzerland's most recognizable features. Wikimedia photo.

A 24-year-old British climber died while climbing the Matterhorn, according to SWI. Hit by a falling boulder, the victim fell a significant distance, coming to rest approximately 1,000 feet down the wall. The man was already dead when first responders reached his body, but luckily his two climbing partners were both rescued unharmed by emergency services. Local authorities have opened an investigation into the death.

RELATED: Second Spring Skier Injured in Jackson Backcountry

Casualties on the Matterhorn rose sharply in 2018, with the rise attributed in part to a deep snowpack. With another year of heavy snow in the Alps, this summer's mountaineering season may see a repeat of the same dangerous conditions. 

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, now living in Jackson, WY. I’m an avid skier, biker, hiker, climber, and fisherman. Outside of sports, my major interests focus on public policy surrounding land use and energy systems.

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