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France to impose daily cap of 214 climbers on Mont Blanc

Rockfall a growing risk as high temperatures thaw ground at higher altitudes

Officials say the scramble to summit the 4,810-metre peak has caused tensions among climbers, some of whom are ill-prepared (wearing trainers, for example) or unfamiliar with mountaineering etiquette. Peillex reported a tourist setting up a tent at the very top of the mountain.

Skirmishes have been reported among climbers jostling for position on key sections of the trail, while fake guides have also been found leading tourists up.

The new limits were announced after a series of meetings over the weekend between local officials, France’s mountain police brigade, the French mountaineering federation and guide associations.

Article originally posted by theguardian.

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