For Gérard Ottavio and Joel Déanoz

On 6 October 2016 Gérard Ottavio, president of the Matterhorn Alpine Guides, and Joel Déanoz, director of the Breuil-Cervinia ski school, fell to their deaths on the South Face of the Matterhorn during an attempt to repeat the difficult and demanding Deffeyes route. Their deaths are an immense loss for Cervinia and for the entire Italian mountaineering community. Hervé Barmasse recalls his friends.

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