The body of Patrice Hyvert, who had been training to be a guide,
was found last Thursday by two mountain-climbers, local newspaper
Dauphine Libere and other media reported.
Hyvert was last seen alive on March 1, 1982, when aged 23, he took
off on a solitary climb up the western side of the "Aiguille Verte"
mountain, part of the Mont Blanc massif that straddles the
French-Italian border, before bad weather set in in the afternoon.
Another climber was evacuated from the same mountain two days later,
but Hyvert was never found.
Local police confirmed to newspapers that the frozen body was that
of the missing climber, finding his identity card still in his
The discovery came as a shock to Hyvert's 82-year-old father,
"I'm a mountain man, and I would have preferred him to stay up
there," he told RTL radio. "He was better on a mountain than in a
coffin. He was in his element."
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The dangerous terrain, and inclement weather, of the Mont Blanc
range results in scores of deaths of mountain climbers each year.
The bodies of the missing are often discovered the following year
after the ice thaws.
(Reporting By Alexandria Sage; Editing by Andrew Callus)
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