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Rieser Ferner Gruppe | by Cjasar
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Rieser Ferner Gruppe

No limestone or dolomite this time: granite for us during this trek.

Part of the Rieser Ferner Gruppe (Ita: Vedrette di Ries) in the Westliche Tauernalpen section of the Alps (Tauri Occidentali).

The photo is taken from the East side of the Rieser Noch. The highest peak in the mid left of the photo is the Schneebige Nock, a peak I ascended 24 years ago during my first visit to these mountains. On the left you can see what is left of the Rieser Ferner, the glaciers that covered most of those slopes. Today glaciers are melting at a very high speed and I am afraid this is the last time I see them at all during this life. Climate has been changing during the last 20 thousands years with lots of colder and warmer periods, so I don't really think glaciers will disappear forever from the Alps, though the cold phase has ended and ice is melting, grass is growing at 3000 meters above sea level and trees are now growing at 2300 m asl. It's just a phase.

We had a nice trip around the Bacher Tal last week end and this is part of the trek. You may see in the mid right of the picture a building, that looks a little house, but it actually is a 3 floor building, the Kasseler Hutte (or Rifugio Roma).

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Taken on September 4, 2016