​Drunk Tourist Accidentally Climbs A Mountain In The Alps

We've all done some daft things when we're drunk - usually harmless stuff like nicking a traffic cone (don't do it, kids), calling exes or being sick on your mate.

But there's one guy who can top all of your inebriated escapades, because this Estonian tourist got so drunk he somehow managed to accidentally climb a mountain.

La Stampa reports that the 20-something tourist - who is known only as 'Pavel' - was supposed to return to his hotel, but got caught up in some of that sweet apres-ski action in Cervinia, a resort in the Italian Valle d'Aosta.

When he did eventually set off towards his bed, he took the wrong turn - ending up not on the street that would lead him home, but on a ski run heading up the mountainside. Oh yeah, and he was wearing shoes instead of ski boots too, the poor fella.

I mean, at least the views would have been good... Credit: PA
I mean, at least the views would have been good... Credit: PA

Pavel apparently didn't realise his mistake for quite some time, and continued the icy ascent up the mountain, eventually clambering up an even steeper piste known as the Ventina.

It reportedly wasn't until some point between 2am and 3am that Pavel noticed a chalet in the distance, which turned out to be a bar and restaurant in Cervinia called Igloo - at an altitude of 2,400m, we might add.

The bar was closed, but he managed to break in to Igloo and seek refuge for the night, only to be found the next morning by baffled staff, sprawled out on a bench layered with cushions.

He'd apparently passed out after necking two bottles of water that were found beside him the next morning, so at least Pavel was pretty sensible in that sense. Y'know, after the whole climbing a massive, steep mountain thing.

"Everything went well for him," Igloo's owner, Alessandro Zavattaro, told La Stampa. "It's not that cold."

A search party (that's a fire brigade, police AND drones) had already been sent out to look for Pavel before he was found by the staff at Igloo.

Local police have reportedly said that while Pavel will be fined for his bizarre night on the slopes, he won't be charged.

Sounds like things could have been so much worse for the tipsy tourist - we don't really reckon that being drunk and climbing mountains go hand-in-hand.

Pavel has not yet commented, though we imagine he's feeling a little sheepish after his snowy drunken adventure.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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