Jornet rescued from the Frendo Spur


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Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 10, 2013 - 01:01am PT
As for the cost of rescue in France, it seems to depend on whether or not the PGHM judges your situation to have been life-threatening. If not, then you pay. See, for example, .

It sounds as if the charged and rescued team should have sat tight until they were dying, at which point the same rescue would have been free.

Sep 10, 2013 - 01:20am PT

a few questions that come to mind:

who gets to decide how much is too little?

or is it too little only if you require a rescue?

or is something like house/anderson on the rupal face equally as "irresponsible"?

or is it only okay because in that case after a certain point, there was no chance of rescue?

what i'm taking away from this enlightening discussion: only go light and string yourself out if you can't get rescued.

got it.

thanks supertopo denizens!

Sep 10, 2013 - 02:05am PT

The rescue from your link happened in Italy (Aosta Valley). The Valdotain SAR function as the article states, charging for a rescue if in a non life threatening situation (does not mean the rescued party has to be injured just that injury or death is a real possibility if not rescued).

There is indeed a current debate in France and in the French Alps especially as to whether or not to charge for "unnecessary rescues," but as of now people who are rescued are not billed.

French Alpine Club (CAF) is not expensive, roughly 25 per year, but only available to members at this price.

This insurance covers rescues in other European countries as well as any treatment or care related to an accident.
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