One of NZ's best killed in avalanche on Mont Blanc du Tacul

Adventure - - Contents - Tacul most to­day, our Rus­sell Brad­dock was one of the coun­try’s most ex­pe­ri­enced and well-re­garded moun­taineers.

A 60-year-old moun­tain guide de­scribed as one of New Zealand’s best has lost his life in the French Alps af­ter he was swept away by an avalanche. He was a free­lance guide in Cha­monix, France work­ing for Ad­ven­ture Con­sul­tants, a Wanaka, NZ guid­ing com­pany. Rus­sell was freeski­ing, not guid­ing on a day off when the avalanche oc­curred. Rus­sell Brad­dock was one of the coun­try’s ex­pe­ri­enced and well-re­garded moun­taineers. Trib­utes are be­ing posted on­line in dis­be­lief that the clim­ber had un­ex­pect­edly lost his life on the slopes so trag­i­cally. Uil­leam Len­drum posted: “Merde! It was smiles all round only a few days ago. Sym­pa­thy to fam­ily, AC [Ad­ven­ture Con­sul­tants] and his climb­ing mates. One of NZs best. Raise one for me Paul.” The New Zealand Alpine Club posted their con­do­lences on their face­book page. “Sad­dest news from Mont Blanc du thoughts to all af­fected.” Another friend, An­drew Soe­broto, wrote on Face­book yes­ter­day: “To­day we lost a friend, a hero and all round awe­some hu­man be­ing in an avalanche in France. “He lived his life truly do­ing what he loved and in­spired and taught many of us to do the same. My thoughts are with you, Russ­boy - for­ever in the moun­tains.’’ It is un­der­stood Mr Brad­dock was due to come back to New Zealand in late Au­gust. Mr Brad­dock was de­scribed as an ex­pe­ri­enced moun­taineer and a qual­i­fied high moun­tain guide who had lived in Cha­monix for many years, work­ing reg­u­larly with the Com­pany des Guides. Wrote Bill King:” A good mate and climb­ing part­ner died liv­ing the dream.”

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