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At least one of the victims was an experienced mountaineer.
Latrobe was an excellent mountaineer, and made some important ascents in Switzerland in 1824-1826.
Hunt was an accomplished mountaineer, having spent childhood holidays climbing in the Alps.
A still hardier mountaineer is the Sierra juniper (Juniperus occidentalis ), growing mostly on domes and ridges and glacier pavements.
To take in an Alpine summit on skis, in the winter or spring, is to become a complete mountaineer.