The research team has now reached the summit glacier of the Ortler mountain, located at 3,950 metres. Helicopters brought both researchers (ten people) and 60 tonnes of material to the site where the ice core extraction will take place. A camp with tents (both for sleeping and cooking) and the drilling spot with all supporting structures have been set up.
In a few hours, possibly already tomorrow, the work that will lead to the extraction of the first ice cores will start. The aim is to core the whole glacier, which is thought to be 60 metres thick, for the very first time.
The students participating in the camp have observed the departure of the researchers with great interest and have taken part in other organised activities including some didactic workshops on glaciology and paleoclimate, a hike to the Stevio Pass and various explanations on fauna and natural aspects of the area, presented by the director of the park, Mr. Wolfgang Platter.