Georgia Avalanche Kills Two in Franco-German Climbing Team

Posted: March 10, 2014 by kirisyko in Climbing, High altitude mountaineering, News, Winter Alpinism
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An avalanche has killed at least two people from a Franco-German mountaineering team, with two others still missing in the Caucasus mountains of northern Georgia, media reported on Friday.

The two people, whose names and nationalities have not been made public, died in heavy snow on Thursday night, the Interpress news agency said.

Rescue teams have recovered their bodies, but the search for two more climbers has been suspended until Saturday because of severe weather.

A fifth member of the team survived unharmed and has been evacuated.

The rugged Caucasus mountains include several peaks over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) high.

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