Mountain climber found preserved in ice after 32 years

Wednesday July 9th, 2014

The body of a young mountain climber who was lost on the Mont Blanc portion of the Alps 32 years ago was found last week.

Patrice Hyvert was a 23-year old training to be a mountain guide when he went to explore the range in 1982 when bad weather set in and he was never heard from again.

Hyvert's body was returned to his hometown over the weekend after he was identified using an ID found in his wallet, but his grandfather told Reuters he would have preferred he stay in the Alps.

"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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On more treacherous climbs such as Mt. Everest, bodies are generally never recovered, and often become landmarks for other climbers.

-Brendan Maloy

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