The change from glaciers to rocks in many high mountain trips becomes a real challenge for mountaineers. This was also confirmed by Tobias Heep from the German Alpine Club. Another danger from climate change is the melting of the ice in the high mountains. It holds the stone together like a kind of glue. It starts at an altitude of about 2,800 meters on the rocky north face and about 3,400 meters on the south face. However, the term “permafrost” is no longer correct. As temperatures rise, the permafrost also thaws.
Rockfalls and falling rocks are becoming more and more common
Rock faces become unstable due to rising temperatures, says Tobias Heep, who is responsible for alpine spatial planning at the German Alpine Association (DAV). The rock becomes soft and brittle. The DAV notes an increase in rock precipitation, entire mountain flanks are also becoming unstable, but classic rock precipitation from rock faces is also increasing. Tobias Hebb also had this experience as a mountaineer. Conditions change dramatically, especially in the high mountains.
Some rides are very dangerous
Tours, especially in the high mountains towards Mont Blanc or the classic north faces, which are covered by permafrost, are becoming increasingly difficult. Tobias Hebb (DAV), because the lead times for such tours are getting shorter and shorter. They need lower temperatures, some classic climbing is no longer done because it is too dangerous.
Open crevices and thin snow bridges
In addition to falling rocks and crevasses, mountaineers also have to master difficult climbs to the huts. Franz Berchtold, the mountain guide from Ahlstadt, did not hear good news from his colleagues in the western Alps. The conditions there are currently the same as in August. The cracks are open and the snow bridges very thin. Some fear that some huts will have to close in mid-July because some transfers are no longer possible. There is not enough snow there either.
Climate change is visible in the mountains
Climate researchers have also announced the consequences of global warming. The temperature rise in the mountains is greater than in other regions. When the ice giants melt, mountaineers notice it at full speed. But the effects of climate change on our ecosystem are much more serious.
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