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155th Anniversary of the Ascent of the Matterhorn

Today, July 14th, marks the 155th anniversary of the ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper, Lord Francis Douglas, Charles Hudson, Douglas Hadow, Michel Croz, Peter Taugwalder and son. An extraordinary achievement of skill and endurance, it was the last of the great Alpine peaks to be conquered.

Whymper’s successful attempt, his eighth, was to end in tragedy however. Alpine Glacier Project participants will be familiar with the debate around what happened during the descent, and can examine the evidence first hand in Zermatt’s Matterhorn Museum.

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Letting rivers run wild could reduce UK flooding

A new article published by the Alpine Glacier Project’s Dr Neil Entwistle in TheConversation.com states that doing nothing is often a better course of action for reducing flooding than heavy handed attempts to mechanically alter rivers.

The study showed that rivers which are allowed to behave more naturally are better at locking up sediment upstream, rather than letting it accumulate in unnaturally high quantities in flood-prone towns and cities.

 

Glaciation in New Zealand – evidence of retreat in the last decade

The Alpine Glacier Project’s Antony Lockley reports from Fox Glacier on New Zealand’s South Island. Whilst the glacier advanced between 1985 and 2009, it has subsequently been in retreat.

 

Fox Glacier continues to be active, with ice movement between 1 to 5 metres per day dependent on elevation. Anthony’s video and photographic coverage clearly shows the extent of retreat over the last 10 years.

 

The ice surface, whilst accessible, is spectacular.