Mont Blanc summer avalanche in France leaves 9 climbers dead

Three Britons, three Germans, two Spaniards and one Swiss climber died in the tragedy on the slopes of Mont Maudit.

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They set out before dawn, hoping to conquer a mountaineering classic: Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest peak. But below the prized summit, a climber is believed to have accidentally caused a slab of ice to snap off, triggering an avalanche Thursday that swept nine climbers to their deaths and injured a dozen others, reports