We need to talk about the Bergschrund

A summer impasse on the highest peak in Wyoming

Cactus Yordy

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For a vast majority of the year, the Gooseneck Glacier is supremely intact, held together naturally by cold weather at nearly 13,000 feet of elevation. In the late summer, baking under warmer temperatures with afternoon sunlight, the once-stable glacier cleaves in two, slowly widening through the season, snowbridges that occasionally span in the morning collapse completely, and the Bergschrund becomes nearly impassable, save for ropes and axes and a manic human grit. With proper…

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