Loretan's Girlfriend: I Caused Accident

Woman says she pulled alpinist to death

Oct 19, 2011
Outside Magazine

The girlfriend of the late Swiss mountaineer Erhard Loretan revealed this week that she was the climbing partner who slipped and pulled Loretan to his death. Loretan fell 650 feet from a ridge on the Grunhorn on April 28, his 52nd birthday. Media reports at the time said that he had been guiding a client up the mountain, and shed little light on why Loretan, who had climbed all 14 of the world's 8,000-feet mountains, fell on a comparatively easy climb. In an article for Le Temps, Xenia Minder said she fell backwards off the ridge, dragging Loretan with her. "I pulled the man I loved to his death," she said. "Nobody has ever considered that I may have been responsible for the accident."

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