Sport: Last Trail

The one major conquest that remained for serious European mountain climbers was the sheer west face of the Aiguille du Dru, which rises over the Chamonix Valley to 12,247 ft. above sea level. To blaze this last unclimbed trail in the Alps, four tough young Frenchmen roped themselves together with 70-ft. lengths of nylon and started up.

Led by Adrien Dagory, 29, a Paris candymaker, and Guido Magnone, 30, a cardboard-box manufacturer, who was a member of the first team to scale "unconquerable" Mount Fitz Roy (alt. 10,958 ft.) in Patagonia, the climbers approached...

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