On the 8th of October 1912, Oskar Serti and Véronique de Coulanges attempted, without any assistance, to make the dangerous ascension of the Mont-Blanc by the col de la Brenva. Unfortunately, at only two hundred meters from their destination, Serti slipped from a rocky foothill and broke his leg.
Véronique de Coulanges succeeded to transport him up to the “Vallot” refuge, then courageously left searching for help in the valley.
Alone in an emergency bed where he lost all notion of time, Serti waited for the return of Véronique, overwhelmed by fever and the silence of the mountains.