24 Nov Gérard Pailheiret passed away
A very sad new is arrived from France, that the death of Gérard Pailheiret, a mountain guide and creator of the site www.ice-fall.com that in recent years has been an always updated reference site to know the condition of the ice falls in the French Alps.
We also owe to him the invention of the Internationaux de la Cascade de Glace in L’Argentière la Bessée (known as ICE), the popular annual meeting that attracts ice climbers from all over Europe.
In love with ice-climbing, Gérard Pailheiret was among the pioneers of this fascinating vertical art and was able to convey the passion and the knowledge of ice to a large number of practitioners.
Touching the words that appear on his website today: "Yesterday he started to get cold. In normal winters would Gérard immediately go to photograph the first ice-falls. Instead, on November 23 he has lost his battle against the illness. All those who knew him closely or from afar, all those who wish to pay tribute to him, can think of him when they enter in the Fournel valley.
His ashes will be scattered at the foot of a waterfall "