Stéphane Husson and a 16-year-old boy were killed last week from the result of a fall in Beaufort, France. Husson was guiding a group of around 20 teenagers on June 20 when himself and a teenager who was rope to him fell some 65-feet from the top of the crag. Husson was taken to a hospital in Grenoble in critical condition and died the next day. The 16-year-old, whose identity has not been made public, also passed away, dying on site before help arrived. The circumstances surrounding the fall are still under investigation, reports Rock and Ice.
Husson placed second in two Ice Climbing World Championships, in 2001 and 2002. He also won the 6th Festiglace du Québec in 2003. He also made the first ascent of the classic Delicatessen, with Petit, in 1992.
“It was he who started climbing competition ice in France,” said his friend Damion Souvy in a La Savoie article. “It is with him that was born the first team in France. He liked to discover climbing, to train the next generation.”