Andreas Fransson

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Andreas Fransson
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Born(1983-04-15)15 April 1983
Died29 September 2014(2014-09-29) (aged 31)
Monte San Lorenzo, Chile

Andreas Fransson (15 April 1983 – 29 September 2014) was a Swedish extreme skier perhaps best known for his having made descents of the hitherto un-skied specific faces of mountains. [1] Among his inaugural descents was that of the south face of Mount Denali in Alaska during the spring of 2011. [2]

Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

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Fransson died alongside JP Auclair in an avalanche on 29 September 2014 on Monte San Lorenzo in Aysen, Chile while filming for the webisode series Apogee Skiing. [3]

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Monte San Lorenzo mountain in Chile and Argentina

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References

  1. "Andreas Fransson - obituary - Telegraph". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. "Auclair, Fransson Confirmed Dead | POWDER Magazine". m.powder.com. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  3. "Auclair, Fransson Confirmed Dead". Powder Magazine. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.