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DG
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Are we in the era of last ascents?
« on: 05/16/19, 09:53 AM »

Interesting article this week on how the recession of glaciers is making many climbs more hazardous, with some quotes from TAY local Lowell Skoog:

https://www.hcn.org/issues/51.8/climate-change-should-we-be-thinking-about-last-ascents-instead-of-first-ones
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Re: Are we in the era of last ascents?
« Reply #1 on: 05/16/19, 02:31 PM »

I'd be curious to know who got the last descent on the Twisting Couloir on Joffre.  It's no longer skiable and my understanding is that similar things have been happening in the Alps as temps rise and frozen vertical gravel doesn't stay vertical.
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Re: Are we in the era of last ascents?
« Reply #2 on: 05/16/19, 06:42 PM »

We are in an era of change. Some opportunities may disappear, but new ones will emerge.

And, should humanity find a way to depart from carbon emissions, these routes are likely to reappear.
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Re: Are we in the era of last ascents?
« Reply #3 on: 05/22/19, 06:18 AM »

We are in an era of change. Some opportunities may disappear, but new ones will emerge.

And, should humanity find a way to depart from carbon emissions, these routes are likely to reappear.
maybe when pigs fly humanity will change their habits
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