The body of trainee guide Patrice Hyvert who went missing in 1982, aged 23, has been found by two mountain-climbers.
Gérard Hyvert, now 82, described it as a body blow like a “second death” when two gendarmes and an official from the local mayor’s office came to his door with the news that his son’s body had been found.
“I can’t say that it came as a relief. I would have preferred him to have stayed up there,” he told Le Parisien newspaper. Hyvert, who alerted rescue services to the fact that his son had gone missing, had presumed he was “under a rock” somewhere on the mountain face.
Patrice Hyvert’s father presumes his son reached the summit of Nant Blanc despite the bad weather, and had decided to return down the other side, on the Whymper corridor.
His father said: “Mountains were his passion. I thought I would be dead before they found him.”