This portion of the website is dedicated to the memory
of our guide, Bernie. Bernie loved the mountains and living his life in
them. In the 2002/3 season, about one year after we were in Chamonix,
Bernie died guiding a group down the Col du Plan to Italy. He was the
first person I've personally known who died skiing.
Bernie always said that, as a guide, if anyone else in
your party was injured, you weren't doing your job. Bernie was the only
member of his party to be injured. He fell in a crevasse that had opened
under the snow and it is believed he actually died in the fall. It took
several days to recover his body.
Bernie wouldn't want anyone to stay away from the mountains,
but his tragic death reminds us all to be careful in the backcountry,
and reinforces the importance of having a professional guide in Chamonix.