Ramses and Alana in Crack Roofie.


Pull Marine


The final. Time for Daïwel (Luxembourgish for devil). Time for the diabolic end dyno (just out of frame).


Slab jedi Ward sending Kobi Wan Kenobi on an afterwork evening session.


Barbara in Animals drums solo.


Phil going for Sabotage in Dave.


Hans in Platons Insel on the Atlantis rock in Höllental, Rax-Schneeberg, high above the Schwarza flow.


Goulotte Perroux-Profit, two alpinists on the ridge and a chough diving by.


Two duos approaching
Two duos approaching, left on the horizon the Gran Paradiso shows up. (click for larger view)


Petit Dru (lines) - (1985 reconstruction movie of Profit's 1982 solo of the American direct)


Up at Montenvers. Here in 1825 the glacier was 360m thick. It was enough to fill the valley and to require no descend from Montenvers for tourers wanting to touch its blue ice. As the Mer de Glace slowly retreated the glacial ice lowered. Tourists who burst out of the summer mountain train each year were confronted with a longer descend. A massive 1960's cable lift quickly was inadequate to help them reach the ice on their flipflops. Every year workers scaffolded extra stairs down to reach the new lower level. In 1995 the (once 360m) ice was 245m thick. I descend the stairs and a plate of 2018 passes (isn't it still 2018??). Still quite a drop beneath me. I reach the current 2021 glacier: 90m thick.

There's something metaphorical to the speed of this retreat. More in the article right below..