Two experienced Irish Alpinists die in Alps
System Date: 28/07/2014
The death has occurred of Peter Britton and Colm Ennis whilst, it appears, descending from the Dent du Géant (4013m) when they fell to their death. Peter and Colm were members of the Rathgormack Climbing Club.
Both Peter and Colm were experienced self-sufficient alpinists and had climbed together extensively in Ireland, the Alps and elsewhere.
Peter, was a founding member of the Rathgormack Climbing Club. Peter, originally from Roscrea and laterly Clonmel, was described today as 'the life and soul of the club'. He had previously been a member of the Irish Mountaineering Club. Colm, from Waterford, was also hugely involved in the De La Salle Scout Group. Both Peter and Colm are responsible for introducing many young and not so young people to the mountains and crags of Ireland.
Mountaineering Ireland's Karl Boyle said that "Peter and Colm would have been well prepared, well equipped and fully aware of the risks involved. They had significant Alpine experience and have climbed together for many years. Both had contributed so much both through their club and in other voluntary organisations. Our hearts go out to their families."
Mountaineering Ireland extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Peter and Colm.
May they rest in peace.