Adieu Marcel Rémy

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Swiss mountaineer Marcel Rémy, father of the famous alpinists and rock climbers Yves and Claude Remy, has died at the age of 99

Marcel Remy, the Swiss mountaineer and father of the famous alpinists and rock climbers Yves and Claude Rémy, has died peacefully in his sleep at home aged 99.

Born on 6 February 1923 in Gruyère in Switzerland, Marcel Rémy always took to the mountains to go climbing and enjoy himself, right up to to his very last day. At the age of 94 he climbed the west face of Miroir d ‘Argentine in Switzerland, a 450-meter route with an arduous approach before enjoying a tandem paraglider flight return trip back down to the valley. Two years later he made headline news for his attempt to lead a 6a multi-pitch at the ripe old age of 96. This February he celebrated his 99th birthday, and led a 4c. In the meantime, he continued to remain active and was involved in overseeing a film about his life.

Marcel inspired generations and is a shining example of a timeless, limitless passion for climbing and mountaineering.






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