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Re: Hiking/Biking etc. fatal accidents

I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I am afraid I have lost count of the many friends and close acquaintances who have lost their life to extreme sport- and also the number who have been permanently damaged, often with severe consequences.

The first was a friend who lost his life doing the 'kilomètre lancé' on skis- in the early days of that race. He hit a pylon and died instantly but there was little remaining of his body- and for all of us his friends, it was a massive shock. 1974 in Cervinia. Another had died in one of the first races, in 65.

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I have never hiked Grossen Mythen. I can see how appealing it is with its high-prominence and views, yet it seems quite deadly.
When It's dry , the path is fine.

I've hiked it but I've also run up it to the top from the valley and run down again and it was fine.

I wouldn't do that with snow, or rain.
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I'm so very sorry to hear this, thinking of you.

Makes me think of all the times I've gone hiking solo - heard so many stories since that have helped teach me not to be so daft in the future. Stay safe everyone!
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I have never hiked Grossen Mythen. I can see how appealing it is with its high-prominence and views, yet it seems quite deadly

Only on a nice, dry, low-crowd day...
It is technically an easy hike, but somewhat exposed. Also probably one of the busiest peaks in Switzerland, so you will have some accidents simply bevause so many people go up.. Some accidents like the 20-year old guy in your link happen off the main trail; there are some more adventurous routes on the mountain as well.

Quite a few people also fall off Kleiner Mythen every year, which is of course a totally different mountain to climb.
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Re: Hiking/Biking etc. fatal accidents

I've hiked it more than ten times in my life. The first time I hiked it was in tennis shoes and shorts and I was quite young. It's still quite possible to use that attire although I certainly wouldn't do it anymore. The views are phenomenal and there are many who leave early in the morning to see the sunrise from the top. If you've never hiked it, I certainly would recommend doing it at least once.

The Klein Mythen is much more dangerous and has had per capita far more deaths.
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The Klein Mythen is much more dangerous and has had per capita far more deaths.
Klein Mythen is not really what I would call a hiking destination. (if we are both talking about the summit of course)
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It is technically an easy hike, but somewhat exposed. Also probably one of the busiest peaks in Switzerland, so you will have some accidents simply bevause so many people go up.. Some accidents like the 20-year old guy in your link happen off the main trail; there are some more adventurous routes on the mountain as well.

Quite a few people also fall off Kleiner Mythen every year, which is of course a totally different mountain to climb.
Totally agree, this is not a specially dangerous hike, thanks to everyone helping to keep the track open and safe.
In the all history of the Grosser Mythen, no shark attack has been reported, but this WE may car accidents happened and the newspaper are not reporting them.
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Totally agree, this is not a specially dangerous hike, thanks to everyone helping to keep the track open and safe.
In the all history of the Grosser Mythen, no shark attack has been reported, but this WE may car accidents happened and the newspaper are not reporting them.
I find the news doesn't report on many things here ... I once saw an elderly man be hit and killed by a tram and my friend had gun shots outside her home and nothing in the news...
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I find the news doesn't report on many things here ... I once saw an elderly man be hit and killed by a tram and my friend had gun shots outside her home and nothing in the news...
There's a recommendation from SBB and other transport companies to not report. It could have been an accident or a suicide but the people operating the trams want to avoid the message that heavy machines are effective means.
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Re: Hiking/Biking etc. fatal accidents

Also don't forget that rockfalls can knock people off too. A small rock to the head (even to the body) is enough to throw you down the mountain side.
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Also don't forget that rockfalls can knock people off too. A small rock to the head (even to the body) is enough to throw you down the mountain side.
... and that rock falls are especially (though not only) likely during melt and thaw season, i.e. now at medium altitudes and through summer at high altitudes around here.
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Old 01.06.2021, 13:11
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There's a recommendation from SBB and other transport companies to not report. It could have been an accident or a suicide but the people operating the trams want to avoid the message that heavy machines are effective means.
We were talking about teenage suicides the other day after seeing a report of a sad case in the U.K.

At least they don't have them here in Switzerland was the response from a Swiss person.
Not really surprising really if they don't get reported.
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Re: Hiking/Biking etc. fatal accidents

maybe the conversation should be continued somewhere else.
I don't think olygirl was looking for or need to listen to all our thoughts regarding the topic.
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Yes indeed - thanks starDeMer
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Thanks, StardeMar. This thread is about fatal accidents from hiking, biking, etc. I thought the conversation about the Mythen was quite relevant and informative. Teenage suicides are another kettle of fish.
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The funeral of this lovely man was today. The last song they played before everyone left the church was...

"Mythenlied" (played without the lyrics)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlJtip2jRE4
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So sorry for your loss. What an appropriate song!
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Another tragedy on the Grosser Mythen last week:

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 10.30 a.m., a man was on the descent of the Grosser Mythen. At turn ten, he made a misstep and fell around 40 meters.

The 67-year-old suffered such serious injuries that Rega was only able to determine the death of the man who lived in the canton of Zurich.


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