I was apprehensive when Bruno called. I knew him from Grenoble ski touring circles and wondered if I would be up to the mark. I needn’t have worried. Passionate about the mountains he was relaxed and friendly. Our destination was la Grande Chible and maybe the Pointe d’Emy. 1500 meters of ski touring so early in the season was asking a lot of me but I was pleased to be out in the mountains in pleasant company. For Bruno this would be a walk in the park.
The snow was crusty in places. I longed for fatter skis, but then the final climb in the December sun to the Pointe d’Emy would have been even harder. As I arrived Bruno was just coming down the 20 meters from the summit. He didn’t want to be too late as he had plans with his wife and kids that afternoon. For me, the summit could wait another time.
You are sometimes surprised by the extent of the web of acquaintances and friends. Although I’m currently based in Geneva during my brief visits to Grenoble over the last month I’ve crossed a multitude of people who knew Bruno. Work colleagues, friends, friends of friends. A prudent and thoughtful skier, his death has sent a shock-wave that will resonate well beyond his home in Grenoble. For some of us Bruno’s passing will be a wake up call, a reexamination of the degree of risk we accept in exchange for our love of the mountains. Above all our thoughts are with his wife and children, close friends and family.
Posted by davidof
on Monday, 09 June, 2008 at 10:08 PM
I am sure that on this occasion I can speak for all Pistehors Users, in offering both you and Brunos family, our deepest sympathies following his tragic death. You will all be in our thoughts during these difficult times.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
Posted by on Saturday, 14 June, 2008 at 12:28 PM
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