Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher

Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher

Location: Bernese Alps, 652.500/162.500, Length (1973): 6.50km, length (2004): 6.5km, orientation: NW, surface are (1973): 9.52km2, surface are (1998/99): 9.16km2.

Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher is a classic valley glacier west of Grindelwald. There are two icefalls, and the tongue is remarkably narrow and descends into a deep gorge.

Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher
Schreckhorn and accumulation of Oberer Grindelwaldgletschers; wide panorama photo. July 2005.
Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher
Upper icefall as seen from Glecksteinhütte (Seidd Alpine Club); wide panorama photo. July 2005.
Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher
Lower icefall in the narrow gorge; two persons on the upper left; wide panorama photo. July 2005.
Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher
Seracs in the upper icefall with clearly visible firn stratigraphy . July 2005.
Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher
Looking down from the path to Glecksteinhütte on the crevasses in the lower icefall. July 2005.
Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher
Transverse crevasses in the lower icefall. July 2005.
Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher
Alpine ibex are a common sight at Glecksteinhütte, as are the many ice avalanches at the upper icefall visble in the background. July 2005.
Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher
A small rainbow is formed within a waterfall descending into the glacier gorge. July 2005.
Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher
Glacially abraded and polished limestone in the gorge shows wonderful folding of calcite layers. July 2005.
Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher
Remarkable narrow galcier tongue in the gorge. July 2005.
  
Photos Jürg Alean.