Funeral of top French climber killed in Alps

3rd May 2004, Comments 0 comments

CHAMONIX, France, May 3 (AFP) - More than 400 people gathered here Monday to pay their final respects to a daredevil French mountaineer killed last week while trying to conquer the 82 Alpine summits above 4,000 meters (13,200 feet).

CHAMONIX, France, May 3 (AFP) - More than 400 people gathered here Monday to pay their final respects to a daredevil French mountaineer killed last week while trying to conquer the 82 Alpine summits above 4,000 meters (13,200 feet).

Patrick Berhault, 47, suffered a fatal fall on April 28 while climbing in Switzerland with his trekking partner Philippe Magnin. The pair were writing a book about their Alpine challenge and had a website devoted to their exploits.

"These mountain trips ... they were a pretext for getting together with friends, yours and mine. You will continue your journey alone," Magnin said at the funeral, which took place at the ski school where Berhault taught.

French Sports Minister Jean-Francois Lamour sent a message of condolence, noting that Berhault had "taught us each year to achieve something that demands the admiration of all."

The French climber fell 600 meters to his death while attempting to climb the Taeschhorn, which is 4,491 meters high - his 66th of the 82 4,000-meter summits in the Alps.

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