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

di Rafael DeVill, 220 metri di distanza

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)

di Christoph Hoermann, 510 metri di distanza

Grossglockner (gg_a2_hdrefex) (test)

C: Resting point on Gamsgrubenweg

di Rafael DeVill, 610 metri di distanza

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

Resting point on Gamsgrubenweg

D: Along the Gamsgrubenweg

di Rafael DeVill, 1.4 km di distanza

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

Along the Gamsgrubenweg

E: Gamsgrubenweg

di Judit Andrasi, 1.5 km di distanza

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

Gamsgrubenweg

F: Gamsgrubenweg after the tunels

di Rafael DeVill, 1.9 km di distanza

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

di Judit Andrasi, 2.4 km di distanza

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

di Rafael DeVill, 2.7 km di distanza

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

di Judit Andrasi, 2.7 km di distanza

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

di Rafael DeVill, 2.8 km di distanza

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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