A group of 28 climbers from Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Denmark and Serbia were believed to be in the expedition caught in the early morning avalanche some 4,000 meters (13,100 feet) high on the north face of Mont Maudit, part of the Mont Blanc range. Thursday to the avalanche. A block of ice that was 40 centimeters (15.75 inches) thick broke off and slid down the slope, creating a 2 meter (6 foot) thick, 50 meter Jordan Hat Red And Black (160 foot) long mass of snow.
Jonas Moestrup from the western Danish city of Randers heard about the accident when he was on his way down from Mont Blanc.
Some of the climbers were with professional guides, others were independents. French investigators will examine the circumstances of the deaths.
for climbers, hikers and tourists but a dangerous one, with dozens dying on it each year. Chamonix, a top center for climbing, hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924.
"Three days ago, we ascended it (Mont Maudit). It was shocking to hear, it could easily have been us," he told the Danish news agency Ritzau by telephone. "It is scaring and tragic."
4 missing in Mont Blanc avalanche
heavy snow that combined with high winds to form dangerous avalanche conditions on some of the popular routes around Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe.
Two climbers in the group were rescued and emergency crews using dogs and helicopters scoured the churned up snow Thursday to search for the missing. The avalanche came after unusually wet weather and sent climbers hurtling down steep slopes at the height of the summer climbing season.
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Several dozen gendarmes and other rescuers worked to pull the dead and injured from the mountain and search for the missing but the risk of a new avalanche complicated the search.
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls was traveling to the site later Thursday.
The 11 injured were hospitalized in nearby Sallanches, the gendarme service said.
Eleven 11 other climbers were hospitalized and at least four are still unaccounted for.
According to tweets from climbers, high winds led to overhanging ice slabs forming on the slope. Five days ago, they tweeted that Chamonix saw a monsoon like downpour that turned to snow at 3,000 meters (9,850 feet) high.
The German Foreign Ministry said three Germans were killed and Spain onfirmed that two of the dead were Spanish. The Danish Foreign Ministry says two Danes were involved in the avalanche. One was injured and the other was safe.
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"It is part of the thrill that something can go wrong," he told Adidas Cap White
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