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A mayor wants to charge hikers $15,000

05/08/2022 12:56 PM | Click to read full article

Climbers seeking to summit Western Europe's tallest peak may have to pay more than $15,000 to cover their potential rescue and funeral costs, a local mayor announced this week.

Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervias-les-Bains in France, announced plans on Wednesday to charge climbers €15,000 (about $15,300) if they want to climb Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, located along the borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland.