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Monday, 20 August 2007

Shkhara Glacier Walk, Ushguli, Svaneti, June 2007

Jeff and I spent an "easy" day walking towards the Shkhara glacier at the top end of Ushguli - about 6 hours total, but at least there was little change of altitude to it! We did have to ford an icy , nearly knee-deep stream in bare feet, but Peter Nasmyth's great guide book, Walking in the Caucasus - Georgia, had prepared us for that. We didn't even reach the glacier, but were quite satisfied with the distance and the views. 2nd from the bottom is a wall of ice and snow (in late June!), 3-4 m thick, which we had to skirt going out; returning, I realised that this carried quite a risk of burying us if it fell over, so we went around it, much more sensible.

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