Sport: Death in the Alps

High above the French village of Chamonix towers 15,781-ft. Mont Blanc, a permanent challenge to mountain climbers. Nearby is the even more difficult and dangerous crag, Aiguille du Fou (Fool's Needle), which only the more experienced mountaineers attempt. Last week Mont Blanc delivered up the bodies of four Spanish Alpinists who had disdained guides and paid with their lives. Two other lone climbers started up the rocky crag of Fool's Needle (11,487 ft.).

Tied together with a rope, the two reached a tiny ledge at 10,000 ft. and paused to rest. The weather changed...

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