Mont Blanc and Mont Maudit
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Avalanche: Kenton Cool 'shocked' at climber's death

A respected climber was among three Britons killed in an avalanche, which left a total of nine dead, near the French Alpine ski resort of Chamonix.

Roger Payne, former chief executive of the British Mountaineering Council, was working as a guide when the avalanche struck on the slopes of Mont Maudit.

British mountaineer Kenton Cool said he was ''shocked and saddened'' at Mr Payne's death.

"There is absolutely nothing that the climbers could have done,'' he added.

  • 12 Jul 2012
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