Glacier on the verge of extinction
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Glacier on the verge of extinction

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The furthest point we have walked to on the Gamsgrubenweg. From here it takes a bit of climbing skill, and 2 kilometers of walk to get up to Oberwalder hutte.

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A: First glimps of Oberwalder hutte

por Rafael DeVill, 220 metros de distancia

Not far from the resting point one faces a dready dessert of stone, but has the first glimps of the O...

First glimps of Oberwalder hutte

B: Grossglockner (gg_a2_hdrefex) (test)

por Christoph Hoermann, 510 metros de distancia

Grossglockner (gg_a2_hdrefex) (test)

C: Resting point on Gamsgrubenweg

por Rafael DeVill, 610 metros de distancia

Halfway on Gamsgrubenweg: the trail leading from Francz Josephs höhe to Oberwalder hütte. To this poi...

Resting point on Gamsgrubenweg

D: Along the Gamsgrubenweg

por Rafael DeVill, a 1.4 km.

Walking on the Gamgrubenweg is not just a beautiful hike, but also a chance to educate yourself. Alon...

Along the Gamsgrubenweg

E: Gamsgrubenweg

por Judit Andrasi, a 1.5 km.

Easy hike trail along the glacier Pasterze, with magnificent views of Grossglockner - highest peak of...

Gamsgrubenweg

F: Gamsgrubenweg after the tunels

por Rafael DeVill, a 1.9 km.

Gamsgrubenweg is a hiking trail that begins on Franz Josephs Hohe. The trail was severly damaged by a...

Gamsgrubenweg after the tunels

G: Remains of the day

por Judit Andrasi, a 2.4 km.

Gamsgrubenweg is a hiking trail that begins on Franz Josephs Hohe. The trail was severly damaged by a...

Remains of the day

H: Creak on Ice

por Rafael DeVill, a 2.7 km.

Melt water flowing on the surface of the Pasterze Glacier. From the parking lot on Franz Josephs Hohe...

Creak on Ice

I: The creak underneath

por Judit Andrasi, a 2.7 km.

Melt water flowing on the surface of the Pasterze Glacier. From the parking lot on Franz Josephs Hohe...

The creak underneath

J: What remains behind

por Rafael DeVill, a 2.8 km.

If you cross check this image with the satelite image of the location, you may think that it's slight...

What remains behind

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