Mont Blanc: In Memorium

In memory of

James Stephen Brownhill     

 30 September 1988, Sheffield, UK – 1 July 2011, Frendo Spur,Chamonix, France

I have written about James, his family and his life elsewhere, this page is to quietly acknowledge their loss, and the loss suffered by other families who grieve for those who have died on Mont Blanc.

The James Brownhill Memorial Fund has been established in his memory, please check it out, details of how to donate are on the website,

The fund aims to encourage and foster a higher level of safety, good practice and sustainability within university climbing clubs.

This fund will award volunteers with bursaries to undertake courses to consolidate and develop safe climbing practice for teaching new and inexperienced climbers in individual and group situations.

James was an avid climber and mountaineer. His love for climbing led him to develop skills in every climbing style but it was in Alpine and Traditional climbing where he sought to improve most.

James reveled within the wider community of climbing. He shared much happiness with those he met in the Peak District and regular trips to Chamonix; always encouraging people to embrace the challenges of climbing.”

The music on the link below was played at James’ funeral on 21 July 2011.

                                            Breaking of the Fellowship – Click 

 When the cold of winter comes

Starless night will cover day

In the veiling of the sun

We will walk in bitter rain

But in dreams

I can hear your name

And in dreams 

We will meet again

When the seas and mountains fall

And we come, to end of days

In the dark I hear a call

Calling me there,

I will go there

And back again.

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music Inc

In remembrance of all climbers, guides and rescuers who have lost their lives on Mont Blanc, the White Mountain.

About wordgeyser

Our anglo/american family used to live in four countries (USA, Canada, UK and the Netherlands) on two continents, separated by distance, time zones, circumstance and cultures. It has been a scary, enriching, challenging place to be. The only things guaranteed to get us through were a sense of humour and the amazing people met along the way. . . This year everything changed with a move for us from the Netherlands, – and a move along with us for our son and his wife from the UK – to Houston, Texas, the same city as our daughter. With our youngest in Vancouver, Canada, we are now all living on the same continent. How this happened, and more importantly why, will be the subject of this ongoing blog...
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4 Responses to Mont Blanc: In Memorium

  1. Carrie says:

    Beautifully written. And yes so very sad too.

  2. sarah koblow says:

    Love does not die despite death, our beloveds live in our love. Well done for making such a beautiful memory.

  3. Beautiful and so very, very sad.

  4. This is simply beautiful, so touching.

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