In an attempt to reduce accidents on Mont Blanc the mayor of Saint Gervais has prohibited access to the top of Europe for climbers who are not “adequately equipped”.
The mayor of Saint Gervais, Jean-Marc Peillex, issued an edict that establishes an obligatory equipment list for climbers looking to undertake the ascent to the mythical summit. Peillex has made it compulsory to carry proper clothing, boots, harness and helmet.
In response Kilian Jornet, climbed to the summit of the Alps and striped down to the nude. In a tweet, Jornet proclaims that this is not a problem of equipment, rather, he says, it is about the experience of climbing and the proper knowledge of the material itself.
In case you forgot, Kilian Jornet was the man who in May climbed Mt. Everest in 17 hours.
The rise of light summits has been called the ‘Kilian effect’ and has led to climbers having to be rescued, some with fatal outcomes.