French mountain climber body found after 32 years

French mountain climber body found after 32 years
Mont Blanc

The body of a French climber who disappeared during a snowstorm in 1982 has been discovered on the slopes of Mont Blanc.

Patrice Hyvert was a 23-year-old aspiring guide when he went for a solo ascent on March 1, 1982.

Upon learning of the snowstorm, his father called a rescue team but searchers were blocked by the weather.

Captain Patrice Ribes, of the Chamonix rescue service, said climbers found Mr Hyvert’s body on July 3, with his identification papers still intact.

The lost climber’s father said he wished the body had remained missing.

“My hope was to die before he was found, because he was in his place. He loved the mountain so much,” Gerard Hyvert told RTL radio.

Mr Ribes said 160 people remain missing on Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest peak.

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