Edouard Baud has been killed in a fall in the Gervasutti Couloir below the Mont-Blanc du Tacul. The 24 year old Chamonix ski instructor fell 700 meters after a snow and ice block gave way mid-morning. A companion managed to avoid the slide.
Situated between a rimaye at 3465 meters and the summit ridge at 4200 meters the couloir was first climbed in 1934 by the Italian Giusto Gervasutti and his companion Renato Chabod. The Vallot guidebook gives the overall slope as 45° and the entry below séracs as 55°. The center of the couloir is frequently covered by ice forcing skiers high onto the banks. The Gervasutti has seen a number of tragedies over the years. The American guide Hans Saari fell in the couloir after losing his grip on ice and the ski journalist Jean Burnier described the couloir as infernal after witnessing four climbers tumble to their deaths.
Baud was already familiar with the Gervasutti which he had skied on the 31st May 2003 in the company of Fanara and Yannick Clevy. Yannick described the the couloir as “snow lying on bluish ice, the séracs and cliffs towered over the slope and stopped us seeing if the couloir would pass without using a rope. The entrance was lightly corniced, the slope seemed endless. A sérac exploded triggering an avalanche that swept the couloir.”.
Posted by davidof
on Sunday, 30 May, 2004 at 05:45 PM
je viens d’apprendre cette consternante nouvelle et la douleur est immense, salut Edouard “Dré dans l’pentu, y’a qu’ca de vrai” comme tu disais si bien aux 2 Alpes.
mes condoleances a sa famille.
trop dure ce soir *
Posted by on Monday, 31 May, 2004 at 01:33 AM
- translation of above comment from Google.com
I just learned of this dismaying news and the pain is immense. So long Edouard, “Straight down the slope, only that is real” as you said at les Deux Alpes.
My condolences to his family,
it is too hard this evening *
Posted by on Thursday, 03 June, 2004 at 12:34 AM
My deepest condolences to the Baud family and friends of Edouard. May the future bring better memories.
Posted by Andrew McLean
on Wednesday, 16 June, 2004 at 04:51 AM
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