Three separate mountain climbing accidents over the weekend in Europe left eight climbers dead. According to The New York Times, two of the accidents happened in Italy while the other happened in Austria.

The first climber died on Saturday after being hit by boulders in the Valtellina Alpine area of Italy near the border with Switzerland.

A second accident in the Italian Alps involved a group of nine mountaineers roped together while climbing on a glacier in Adamello Brenta Park near Trento, Italy. Two of the climbers died after falling into a crevasse, but a third died later after being rescued.

This group was made up of two families from Italy and saw all nine climbers being injured, including two 13-year-olds.

The third accident over the weekend happened in the Austrian Alps in Wildgerlostal on Mount Gabler on Sunday. A group of six men from Bavaria was roped together when one of them slipped and fell on a glacier.

According to the head of the rescue teams, Martin Reichholf, the group fell in a remote area of the mountain at an altitude of about 6,500 feet. The group fell more than 200 yards on a steep slope covered in ice. Five of the six men perished, with the survivor having been taken by helicopter to a hospital in Salzburg. He is supposedly in stable condition.

It was certainly a tragic weekend in the Alps, and accidents like these highlight the dangers of mountain climbing. Our thoughts go out to the deceased and their families.

Mount Gabler in Austria. Photo: Courtesy of Maggo Kois/Flickr

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