Two people traversing the Cosmiques ridge when a chough dives by.

 

Two duos approaching
Two duos approaching (click for larger view)

 

 

This time, each year, workers install more than a hundred new stairs further down in order to reach the leftover glacier. In 1825 the glacier ice was 360m thick here. In 1995 it was 245m. I pass the plate of 2018 and still have a big drop beneath me. When I arrive at the current glacier it is 90m thick. There's something metaphorical to the speed of this retreat. More in the article right below..