The body of Chamonix guide and big mountain steep skier Rémy Lécluse was found in a crevasse on Mt. Manaslu this week, recovered, and turned over to French authorities in Kathmandu.
“A team of seven Sherpas discovered the dead body of Remy Lecluse,” Ishwari Paudel, the managing director of Himalayan Guide, said. “His body was swept about 600 metres from the Camp Three. The Sherpas pulled it out from a crevasse.”
Lécluse was attempting to ski the world’s eighth-highest peak without supplemental oxygen, along with Glen Plake and French instructor Greg Costa. Costa, along with a Canadian doctor, is still missing.
The avalanche struck Camp 3 at 7000 meters at approximately 4:45 a.m. on September 23, sweeping tents hundreds of meters. Plake, who shared a tent with Costa and was reading his morning devotional, was carried 300 meters down the hill. He reported, “Greg was using my down suit for a pillow and I found my suit, I found everything that was in my tent – camera, sleeping bag, ski boots, it was like someone had thrown my gear in the back of a pickup – but there was no sign of Greg. Rémy and his tent are nowhere to be found.”
Lécluse had more than 500 steep descents on his resume dating to his first, the Aiguille Verte near Chamonix in 1982. He notched 63 first descents, including the east face of 12,136-foot Balmhorn in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland (video, above). With Plake, he also made the first ski descent and first ascent of the 6030-meter East Spur of Callangate Sur, Peru, below.
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