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Mountaineers ascend Mont Blanc despite danger

Climbers make their way Aiguille du Midi at 12,605 feet, a part of the Mont Blanc mountain near Chamonix ski resort, France, on July 17.
Climbers make their way Aiguille du Midi at 12,605 feet, a part of the Mont Blanc mountain near Chamonix ski resort, France, on July 17.Olivier Hoslet / EPA

A climber makes his way up a part of the Mont Blanc mountain near Chamonix ski resort, in France, on July 17. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe and was the location of last week's tragic avalanche.
A climber makes his way up a part of the Mont Blanc mountain near Chamonix ski resort, in France, on July 17. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe and was the location of last week's tragic avalanche.Olivier Hoslet / EPA

A climber tackles a part of the Mont Blanc mountain near Chamonix ski resort in France on July 17, several days after an avalanche in the area claimed nine climbers.
A climber tackles a part of the Mont Blanc mountain near Chamonix ski resort in France on July 17, several days after an avalanche in the area claimed nine climbers.Oliver Hoslet / EPA

Climbers ascend Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the French Alps at 15,708 feet, despite the risks associated with the area. The mountain was the scene of a tragic avalanche that claimed nine lives last week.

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