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Georges Bettembourg

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Georges Bettembourg was a French mountaineer and skier. He is regarded as an elite alpinist who made numerous significant ascents in the French Alps, North America, the Himalayas and Karakoram including a two-man ascent of Broad Peak (1978); Kangchenjunga (descended prior to summiting) (1979); Kusum Kangguru (1979); Nuptse (1979); and Shivling (1981).[1][2] He also made numerous ski descents of big mountains including Broad Peak, Makalu II and Mont Blanc.[3]

He climbed and/or skied with other luminaries of his era including Doug Scott, Joe Tasker, Peter Boardman, Greg Child, Yannick Seigneur and Patrick Vallencant.

Bettembourg's 1981 autobiography is The White Death.[4]

He died aged 32 on 18 August 1983 by stone fall on Aiguille Verte.[3]


  1. Dean, Steve (30 May 2019). "Kangchenjunga 1979". Boardman & Tasker. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. Steffen, Will (2010). Himalayan Dreaming: Australian mountaineering in the great ranges of Asia, 1922–1990. Canberra: Australian National University Press. ISBN 9781921666162. Retrieved 22 October 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nyka, Jozef (1984). "In Memoriam". The Himalayan Journal. 40 (26): 45. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  4. Bettembourg, Georges; Brame, Michael (1981). The White Death. Reynard House. p. 309. ISBN 978-0932998057. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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