A lot of people are talking about climate change. I witnessed it personnally during my stay in Austria last month. We were visiting the Grossglockner glacier. A funicular carries tourists down to the foot of the glacier….well down where the glacier used to be!
From there you still have to hike for a while to touch the ice. On the way down from the valley station of the cable car you can see sign which give you the glacier position at a given year. Watch for yourself!
Here a view down to the end of the funicular. No ice visible.
I took two images of the position signs : 1985 which was exactly 30 years ago and 1970, the year I was born. The view is quite striking, scaring.
What will be left here in 5 or 10 years?
Here a panoramic view from the top of the cable car
More images on flickr : https://flic.kr/s/aHskhZ3Fii
In 1999 Chris and I decided to travel down south from Santiago de Chile to the Strait of Magellan. During this trip we had planned a 7 day trek of the “circuit” in the Torres del Paine NP.
The hike circles around the famous Torres del Paine . At this time there were a few “campamentos” along the trail to put up a tent and you had to bring all your food supply as nothing was available while on the road.
Weather was another issue. It could change from winter snow storm to summer sun at cyber speed and most of the time the temperatures were close to freezing at breakfast.
Halfway was the John Garner Pass at 1200m above sea level. For most of us the highlight of the trek. After an altitude difference of 800m you were supposed to have a view on the Grey glacier.
We started early in the day and the weather was nice. Arriving close to the top of the pass was exciting. We were walking up and I had lots of images in my head… how would it look like?
Then finally I can see the flag and slowly the glacier comes into sight, partially…a bit more and then!
All the exhaustion disappears. I watch from my right to the left and all I see is GLACIER GREY!
What a panorama! Ice all over as far as your eyes can see!
Unfortunately we cannot stay for too long up there. There is no protection from the strong winds and there are still 5-6 hours down to the camping. (Actually the camping is situated at Lago Grey, lake Grey which you can see on the 3rd photo of the glacier.) 🙂
There is only one way to earn this view : 2-3 days hiking (either way round)
After the one week trek all our bones were aching, our feet were full of blisters. We didn’t have a shower at all. But we were happy. And the view of the Grey Glacier never got out of my mind…