The Death Couloir: Mont Blanc’s Most Dangerous Section

Particularly dangerous because of the frequent rockfalls, the Death Couloir and the Goûter Edge were the scene of 102 fatal incidents between 1990 and 2017—nearly four deaths yearly.

By Petzl | July 30th, 2020

Mont Blanc rises to 4,809 meters and is the highest peak in the Alps. It is also one of the deadliest summits in the world. To reach the top, mountaineers climbing the Normal Route must go up the Couloir du Goûter. It was dubbed, not without cause, the Death Couloir.

Particularly dangerous because of the frequent rockfalls, the death couloir and the Goûter edge were the scene of 102 fatal incidents between 1990 and 2017—nearly four deaths yearly.


 

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