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David Vine passes away...

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/front_page/7824275.stm

Not sure how many of you fellow skiers across the big pond will know of him, but i'm sure at least a few will. David Vine was the voice of skiing for many growing up in the UK. Some of his commentaries on the world downhill racing circuit will live with us for a long time to come...

RIP
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RIP, also, I heard on the telly that Gauntlett (sp?) died yesterday on the Mont Blanc...
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Nobody, yes, two of them died up there yesterday.
bigpmacd, that's sad news. The ski sunday theme tune and his voice kinda went together well.
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RIP, also, I heard on the telly that Gauntlett (sp?) died yesterday on the Mont Blanc...
The death of Rob Gauntlett and his climbing partner were initially described as an avalanche, but it appears that it was actually an ice fall that struck one of them, both fell because they were roped together.
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The death of Rob Gauntlett and his climbing partner were initially described as an avalanche, but it appears that it was actually an ice fall that struck one of them, both fell because they were roped together.
No, here it wasn't reported as such.. It was reported since the beginning as a "free fall" down 500 mt out of a 1000 mt total climb...
And yes, he did took his climbing buddy with him because they were roped together...
Anyway, the mountains "close to home" are the place where most experienced guys have accidents, probably because we all have (obviously relatively speaking) the tendency to under-evaluate risks when in a "known" environment...
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I'm glad it wasn't reported as an avalanche there on the continent.
Here the media seem to have the disorder 'avalanches on the mind'.
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Well, they already have an enough big party as it is with titles like
" The Mountain kills again" , "Killer Mountain" etc...
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"There are more fatalities each year in the Mont-Blanc range than in any decade of of Alaska mountaineering."

The mountain is a real money maker for newspapers and their sensationalistic headlines.
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