Hi my friend,
i notice you that several recent rock-falls are reported regarding also the limestone of Eastern Alps: i report Pelmo last summer, Cinque Torri in 2010 and today the Guglia del Milite in Little Dolomites...
I'm afraid, but the permafrost's problem is touching even Eastern Alps...
Oh, with all one's heart i wish it may be as you say! Yes, the phenomenous is more clamorous in Western and Central Alps, but unfortunately permafrost does exist also in Eastern Alps and in 2009 the Meteo Station of Arabba (Dolomites) had published a research about the liaison with the increasing rock-falls in the Dolomites and permafrost's warming...
All the best.
Thanks for this excellent history regarding all Petit Dru rockfalls. Today i've just add a picture at the bottom of your article, taken during the bivouac at Flammes de Pierre in 1985. The title is "When Petit Dru was still intact...".
Thanks Alberto. Tell me how I can get hold of your 1985 picture and I will add it. I see that you are going quite often to the Calanques. Next time you come, go and climb the "Renard spur" (Morgiou). It is easy (grade 5) but spectacular on magnificent rock. I did its 1rst ascent in 1970 with 1 peg only (the 2nd pitch - the crux then). Now it has become such a classic that there are a bit too many bolts, but they are for protection only so the climbing is still as nice. Rgds
I've given you the edit privileges on the picture. Now if you want you can add it to your page. In spring i often go to climb in Calanques. Next time i'll climb this route.
Thanks and ciao
Super contribution, Eric !
the data Zermattfan has posted for the Gornerglacier. There has been three clear glacial maxima separated by minima during the last 1000 years, all nearly identical, only the last of the minima could have had anything to do with anthropogenic warming. My bet is that the present minimum will also be followed by a maximum, let's just hope it will not go so far as one of the maxima where the end of the glacier was just 200 meters above Zermatt.
thank you for this!
what was the brand of Bonatti's smashed beer can? It would sure make an excellent added picture to this wonderful essay......as I think his thumb is already well healed....