Pasterze Glacier, Austria


On July 30th, 2017; I visited the Grossglocker-Pasterze Glacier.

Grossglocker-Pasterze Glacier map for the Alpine Toll-Road

     Guarding the north face of Austria’s highest mountain—the Grossglockner—-is the Pasterze Glacier, Eastern Europe’s largest glacial formation.

Image taken from a sign looking over the Pasterze Glacier in 2017.

     The glacier itself is receding at about 400 ft. per year.

Image taken from a sign looking over the Pasterze Glacier in 2017

     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).

Tourist parking lot looking over the Pasterze Glacier in 1935
Tourist parking lot looking over the Pasterze Glacier in 1965, (house leads to the funicular railway mentioned below).

    

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.

The funicular railway built in the 1960s to the foot of the Pasterze Glacier, (picture taken in 2017)
Standing at the location of the foot for the Pasterze Glacier in 1980
Standing at the location of the foot for the Pasterze Glacier in 2010
Standing at the location of the foot of the Pasterze Glacier in 2015

     After hiking several miles, I’m standing next at the front of the Pasterze Glacier pictured below at 2017.

The foot of the Pasterze Glacier in 2017

(Pictured below), I’m standing across the valley from the Grossglockner Peak, 12,460 ft. elevation.

Picture taken from the trail starting at the visitors center.  Looking West at Grossglockner, 12,460 ft. elevation.
Image taken from a sign in the visitor’s center.  Shows the stages of melting

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