John Taylor, 48, originally from Manchester, moved to Upper Poppleton, a village to the north-west of York, in 2003. As well as his wife Karine he leaves daughters Emma, 10, and eight-year-old Louise.
We are all truly devastated about this loss. John always had a keen interest in outdoor activities taking up mountaineering in 1998 and was a highly regarded and very active member of mountain rescue teams himself.
John had climbed several challenging mountains across the world, including Mont Blanc on two previous occasions. He was a highly respected climber and this event represents a significant loss to the UK climbing community.
In his personal life, John was a finance director, working within the public and private sectors. He will be sadly missed by his work colleagues.
A memorial service has been held for nine climbers, including three Britons, killed in a huge avalanche in the French Alps.
The families of three men who were killed in a major avalanche in the French Alps on Thursday have paid tribute to them.
Two survivors of the avalanche which killed nine climbers, including three Britons, describe the terrifying moment they were swept away.