Matterhorn To Be Closed To Climbers

Matterhorn To Be Closed To Climbers
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Switzerland's iconic Matterhorn mountain should be closed to climbers, mountain guides have told a Swiss newspaper ...The mountain has become “too unstable and therefore too dangerous to be a tourist attraction climbed by loads of people every day,".
The comment comes ten days after two climbers died on the mountain in the canton of Valais after a rock fall. So far, six people have died on the mountain this year...Last year it was eleven.
 is still not clear what caused the rock fall that killed two climbers recently but geologist Keusen told that hot conditions were "very probably partly responsible... that permafrost was thawing at increasingly high altitudes."
He said that this was why rock falls and avalanches were increasingly common above 2,500 metres – especially on the exposed north faces of mountains.
But Keusen is against closing mountains to climbers. He says climbers have to take personal responsibility for risks and must inform themselves about local conditions.
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Meanwhile Mayoraz, head of the natural hazards department in the canton of Valais called the idea of closing the Matterhorn “laughable”.
He said climbing was a “private activity” and that authorities should instead ensure climbers are aware of the risks.
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Zermatt commune president Romy Biner said a closure of the mountain was not being considered.
She noted there were 38 4,000-metre peaks in the commune and that the issue of thawing permafrost was not only applicable to the Matterhorn.

"We can't take responsibility for everything," the commune president said

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