French ski mountaineering champion Adele Millot and her unidentified companion died Friday while climbing the Mont Blanc mountain range in the French Alps. According to the announcement of the French Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.
Milloz was only 26, and the unknown woman was 30. according to The Times in the United Kingdom. The Times also reports that mountain authorities were alerted when another group of climbers saw Milloz and an unidentified woman fall. Eyewitnesses believed the duo were tied with rope at the time of their deaths.
Officials also said the route Milloz traveled was not considered “particularly difficult”, but recent droughts in the area may have made climbing in the French Alps more dangerous than usual.
An investigation into the incident is currently underway, the causes of the accident are still unknown.
The French Mountaineering and Climbing Federation said the news of Milloz’s death was received with “great sadness” and “her smile will always be missed.” In this case, the participants must climb the mountain, and then ski down it.
Milloz, who has been skiing since the age of 15, has had a successful skiing career, becoming world junior sprint champion and winning a gold medal at the 2017 Sochi World Winter Military Games. according to CBS News. She retired from ski mountaineering in 2019 and began training as a professional mountain guide, according to a statement from the French Mountain and Climbing Federation.