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Mountaineers like Abdul Joshi have noticed how much longer the mountain climbing season lasts now due to climate change. 

Photo courtesy of Abdul Joshi

Mountaineers offer another, valuable perspective. Their attentiveness to conditions and climate in high altitudes is crucial for taking the right decisions. Abdul Joshi became the first Pakistani mountaineer to climb Annapurna in 2021. Last spring, he ascended Everest, partly to raise awareness about climate change. He is certainly observing changing weather patterns.

“When I summited Mount Everest,” he says, “there was a huge weather window for it; many days of clear weather. Well, that worked well for the climbers but I’m not so sure about the nature and the mountains and glaciers.”

“What happens in the mountains does not stay in the mountains.”

Elisa Palazzi, University of Torino