The Alpine Guide

Once upon a time there was an Alpine Guide who had spent a delight of a day under the blue canopy on a generous summit. The early afternoon joined him and he began the lengthy descent to the valley floor. He met on his way downwards a variety of people and groups winding their way to the upper ridges. Each and all told the Guide they were going to spend the day on the mountain top and take the chair lift down.

The Alpine Guide told them there was no chair lift down, they were starting too late in the day, it was a long journey to the peak and the weather was deteriorating. Most ignored what the Guide said and he continued the remainder of his journey to the village in the valley.

Dusk, then dark, inevitably brought the day to a close, winds whipped up, the cloud ceiling dropped low, white out conditions prevailed and a late season snow storm buried the mountain in white.

Search and Rescue teams were sent out searching for those on the mountain. Few were found, most perished. And, sadly so, some Search and Rescue members also died.

Ron Dart

Once upon a time there was an Alpine Guide who had spent a delight of a day under the blue canopy on a generous summit. The early afternoon joined him and he began the lengthy descent to the valley floor. He met on his way downwards a variety of people and groups winding their way…

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