The White Hell of Piz Palü (1929), a masterpiece of German interwar cinema, tells the story of the torments of a mountaineer haunted by the disappearance of his wife in a crevasse, who returns again and again to the slopes of the mountain to find his missing beloved. If the story had been set back a century, perhaps the body of the unfortunate woman would have emerged from the glacier on its own, thanks to global warming, which is causing the ice tongues to retreat and the thickness of the glaciers to decrease.
It is because of this phenomenon that two French mountaineers, Vincent Danna and Luc Lechanoine, made a somewhat morbid discovery on July 26. As the team was about to finish the Haute Route between Chamonix and Zermatt, a colored shape stood out on the grayish surface of the Stockli glacier in Switzerland. “We quickly noticed the flashy colors,” says Vincent. At first he thought it was someone stopped on the glacier, tired or in trouble. “It made us deviate a
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