Our last day of the trip would be a ‘straightforward’ walk back down the Aletsch glacier, retracing our steps on Day 2. At least the weather was clearer to take in the fabulous views – and for me to show you what a glacier looks like, close up.
The Aletsch glacier is a ‘dry’ glacier in that it’s not covered in snow (in the summer anyway) so that you can see where the crevasses and holes are. Hence the reason we are not roped up below. On previous days, we had been on ‘wet’ glaciers where, as Des discovered, you can disappear down an unseen hole!
Even then though navigation is not that easy as the edges of the glacier tend to be all gnarled and bumpy, with lots of crevasses. More than once we had to retrace our steps to find our way through the maze to the middle. That’s where the glaciers coming in from each of the valleys above collide and create a relatively flat surface to walk on.
I hope you have all enjoyed this series of images and thanks for allowing me this little trip down memory lane. Picture 4 remains one of my all-time favourite photographs. 😊