Roger Payne (mountaineer)

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Roger Payne
Personal information
Main discipline Mountaineering
Other disciplines Climbing, alpinism
Born England
Nationality British
Career
Notable ascents Lobuje

Roger Payne (16 July 1956 – 12 July 2012) was a British mountaineer. He was formerly general secretary of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and a qualified mountain guide from 1983, taking part in over 20 expeditions to the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges, including K2 and the north face of Changabang. He was an avalanche instructor and climbed in the Alps every year from 1977.

British people citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, British Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies, and their descendants

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Mountaineering sport of mountain climbing

Mountaineering is the set of activities that involves ascending mountains. Mountaineering-related activities include traditional outdoor climbing, hiking, skiing, and traversing via ferratas. Indoor climbing, sport climbing and bouldering are usually considered mountaineering as well.

British Mountaineering Council

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is the national representative body for England and Wales that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers.

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Roger Payne and David Callaway atop La Nonne in Chamonix Rogernonne.gif
Roger Payne and David Callaway atop La Nonne in Chamonix

Biography

Payne grew up in Hammersmith, London, and took an education degree in 1983 [1] at Sunderland Polytechnic where he was president of the mountaineering club. He then became a teacher and climbing instructor [2] and he later moved to Leysin, Switzerland. [3]

Hammersmith district in west London, England

Hammersmith is a district of west London, England, located 4.3 miles (6.9 km) west-southwest of Charing Cross. It is the administrative centre of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

University of Sunderland university

The University of Sunderland is a university located in Sunderland in the North East of England. Its predecessor, Sunderland Technical College, was established as a municipal training college in 1901. It gained university status in 1992. It now has campuses in Sunderland, London and Hong Kong. The university has 13,020 students and was one of six universities to be short-listed for 'University of the Year' in the Times Higher Education Supplement Awards 2012.

Death

Payne was killed aged 55 with eight other climbers by an avalanche whilst traversing Mont Maudit, on the Mont Blanc massif, near Chamonix in the French Alps on 12 July 2012. [4]

Avalanche sudden, drastic flow of snow down a slope

An avalanche is a cohesive slab of snow lying upon a weaker layer of snow when the snowpack that fractures and slides down a steep slope when triggered. Avalanches are typically triggered in a starting zone from a mechanical failure in the snowpack when the forces of the snow exceed its strength but sometimes only with gradual widening. After initiation, avalanches usually accelerate rapidly and grow in mass and volume as they entrain more snow. If the avalanche moves fast enough, some of the snow may mix with the air forming a powder snow avalanche, which is a type of gravity current.

Mont Maudit mountain in the Alps

Mont Maudit is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in France and Italy. The French name literally means "Cursed Mountain". Until the end of the 18th century, Mont Blanc and its satellite peaks were collectively known in French as the Montagne Maudite.

Mont Blanc massif Mountain range in the Alps

The Mont Blanc massif is a mountain range in the Alps, located mostly in France and Italy, but also straddling Switzerland at its northeastern end. It contains eleven major independent summits, each over 4,000 metres (13,123 ft) in height. It is named after Mont Blanc, the highest point in western Europe and the European Union. Because of its considerable overall altitude, a large proportion of the massif is covered by glaciers, which include the Mer de Glace and the Miage Glacier – the longest glaciers in France and Italy, respectively.

Notable climbs

Pumari Chhish mountain in Pakistan

Pumari Chhish, is a high peak of the Hispar Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram range. It lies about 4 km east of Khunyang Chhish, in the heart of the Hispar, north of the Hispar Glacier.

Meru Peak mountain

Meru Peak is a mountain that lies in the Garhwal Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand region of India. It lies between Thalay Sagar and Shivling, and has some highly challenging routes. The name "Meru" likely originated from Sanskrit word for spine, referencing the shape of the mountain. It is 6,660 metres (21,850 ft) high. It was the site of the world's highest BASE Jump from 'Earth', by Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan from a height of 6,604 metres (21,667 ft) in June 2006 but has since been surpassed by Valery Rozov's 2013 jump from Everest's North Face.

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References

  1. "Roger Payne". The Economist . 21 July 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  2. http://www.london24.com/news/climber_from_west_london_roger_payne_among_french_alps_avalanche_dead_1_1444436 London24. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  3. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/alps/9396159/Three-Britons-killed-in-French-Alpine-avalanche.html Daily Telegraph report. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  4. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2172418/Mont-Blanc-avalanche-kills-9-British-victim-Roger-Payne-pictured-French-Alps.html Daily Mail report. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  5. http://www.rogerpayne.info/climbing.htm List of climbs from Roger Payne Website. Retrieved 15 July 2012