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Saturday, 1 December 2012



A team of eight climbed down the moulins - vertical shafts - in the Gorner Glacier near Zermatt in Switzerland
Descending the depths: A team of eight climbed down the moulins - vertical shafts - in the Gorner Glacier near Zermatt in Switzerland

The team's work will help researchers get a better understanding of glaciers and their rate of melting
Inside the ice cave: The team's work will help researchers get a better understanding of glaciers and their rate of melting
The team had to abseil often vertical shafts that are up to 65ft deep
Vertical limit: The team had to abseil often vertical shafts that are up to 65ft deep

Ice caves in Gorner Glacier
Ice caves in Gorner Glacier
Adventure into the deep: The team spent two days digging a path down to the glacier to reach the moulins on the expedition in October in what photographer Robbie Shone said was 'extremely spectacular'
The bright blue: The glaciers move about 50ft a year as they melt
The bright blue: The glaciers move about 50ft a year as they melt
Challenging temperatures: The team had to grapple with varying temperatures which could drop to -18 degrees at night time
Challenging temperatures: The team had to grapple with varying temperatures which could drop to -18 degrees at night time

Mr Shone said he is now fascinated with the ice caves and wants to visit them again
A sight to behold: Mr Shone said he is now fascinated with the ice caves and wants to visit them again


The group camped about an hour away from the glacier and had to get up at 5am to get ready to spend around eight hours on the glacier each day
Long route: The group camped about an hour away from the glacier and had to get up at 5am to get ready to spend around eight hours on the glacier each day

The ice caves presented a 'completely different challenge' to normal caves, Mr Shone said
Steep slope: The ice caves presented a 'completely different challenge' to normal caves, Mr Shone said

The glacier in Switzerland is 8.7 miles long and is the second largest glacial system in the Alps
Giant glacier: The glacier in Switzerland is 8.7 miles long and is the second largest glacial system in the Alps

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