Pasterze Glacier, Austria
On July 30th, 2017; I visited the Grossglocker-Pasterze Glacier.
Guarding the north face of Austria’s highest mountain—the Grossglockner—-is the Pasterze Glacier, Eastern Europe’s largest glacial formation.
The glacier itself is receding at about 400 ft. per year.
In a couple of hundred years, it will no longer exist. Below are photos showing the amount of recession, (immediately below was taken in the 1930s).
A paved road, hiking trail and a funicular railway provides access, so the surface and terminal talus of the Pasterzenkees are easily reachable. After taking the railway to the bottom from the parking lot, I started walking toward the glacier from this point. This was the point where the foot of the Pasterze Glacier was when the railway was built.
After hiking several miles, I’m standing next at the front of the Pasterze Glacier pictured below at 2017.
(Pictured below), I’m standing across the valley from the Grossglockner Peak, 12,460 ft. elevation.