Pay for the funeral before the start! Mayor wants to keep reckless climbers away from Mont Blanc

Everyone knows that in order to get to the top of Mont Blanc, you need to earn it.

Now imagine that you need to leave a deposit of 15,000 euros to climb the highest point in Europe in case of any fatal accidents: 10,000 euros for lifting the body and another 5,000 euros for the funeral.

This offer is from the mayor of Saint-Gervais, a French village at the foot of Mont Blanc, and is meant to scare off unwary climbers in the summer.

“It’s a way to get attention,” Mayor Jean-Marc Peilex says. “Everyone should know that when there are idiots who break the rules, there are consequences. Human consequences for them, because they may die. But there are also human consequences for the rescuers who go looking for their corpse or who goes to rescue them.”

Italy pays reckless climbers

With an increase in the number of rockfalls in summer, the danger for climbers reaches a maximum. However, some climbers are determined to make the climb at any cost, ignoring the advice of local authorities.

The City Hall of Saint-Gervais wants to restart the free rescue debate in the mountains and wants to follow the example of Italy’s Aosta Valley abroad, where climbers are billed for any rescue calls required due to their own recklessness.

“That doesn’t stop true salvation from being free,” Peileks says. “Real help. But not the kind that results from taking risks or disobeying orders. So those who are in the Aosta Valley, when they are caught red-handed, pay in the Aosta Valley.”

Mountain guide companies in Saint-Gervais and Chamonix have stopped taking clients to Mont Blanc until at least 15 August.