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A long way up, but a long way still to go
© David Barlow, Aug 2015
Route: Le soleil a rendez-vous avec la lune, TD sup 850m 6a+ (6b)
Climbers: Rob Powell
Camera used: Canon S100
Date taken: 27th August 2015
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Loving the prominent ogives!
MikeStuart - 30/Aug/15Report
I just love the background in this image. Perhaps the figure could have been a little closer so that we might see more of him.
Sean Kelly - 31/Aug/15Report
No I've met him, distance is n
team fat belly - 02/Sep/15Report
where is this ?
nabeelfarid - 03/Sep/15Report
See just below the photo. On the Grepon, Chamonix
David Barlow - 03/Sep/15Report
I was wondering what causes these dark semi-circles across the Mer de Glace as I was looking down from the other side this summer. Does anybody know? Is it where water has run into the channel in the centre? Seems so uniform and unnatural looking.
Swampi - 06/Sep/15Report
Ah just Googled "Ogives". Apparently they're "Forbes Bands" caused by the seasons effecting the density of the ice. I did think they looked a little like the rings of a tree. Everyday is a school day!
Swampi - 06/Sep/15Report
Sorry to hog the comments, but does anyone know which seasons the light and dark bands are from? I guess the dark black ice is from the summers? The opposite of trees?
Swampi - 06/Sep/15Report
Yep, Google says it's deposited summer dust, with the troughs being from faster melting as it stretches over an ice fall in a previous summer. Fascinating!
Swampi - 06/Sep/15Report
They are indeed Forbes Bands - On the Mer de Glace specifically, they are caused by the periodical differences in snow cover and rock stability around the ice fall which vary the amount of entrained debris. Great photo BTW!
Samuel Wainwright - 08/Sep/15Report
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