Two climbers fall to deaths in North Alps


Two people were killed on Monday while climbing Mount Karasawadake in the Northern Alps, on the border between Nagano and Gifu prefectures, police said.

A group of climbers placed an emergency call shortly after 7 a.m., saying two people had fallen from a trail at an altitude of 2,200 meters on the 3,110-meter peak, just south of the border with Toyama.

One was a 19-year-old member of a mountaineering club at the National Defense Academy. The other was a 28-year-old instructor who was trying to help him.

Both were confirmed dead at the bottom of a cliff, 300 to 400 meters below, police said.