towering above the alpine villages of switzerland, italy and france, the imposing peaks of the matterhorn and surrounding mountains have long been a mecca for mountaineers and explorers alike. today, whilst cable cars and a mountain railway transport hordes of tourists to the more accessible areas, pioneering exploration continues, not on the surface, but far out of sight in the icy depths of the second largest glacier system in the alps.
during the end of october, 2012, an eight-person strong british team, led by martin groves and gareth davies returned to the gorner glacier, mapping and photographing the harsh but beautiful sub glacial world of moulins. extremely harsh weather conditions made progress difficult, as the team battled with strong blizzards and temperatures of -18 °c. countless hours were spent advancing through the deep snow. all was not lost however. access was gained to several incredibly beautiful moulins
- robbie shone