Climate Change through the Eyes of Himalayan Mountaineers Jul 18, 2011; 12:23 PM ET Veteran mountaineers in the Himalayan region of Asia are experiencing first hand the likely impacts of climate change on this huge mountain range. Location of the Himalayas The biggest changes that these mountaineers have seen is the formation of huge glacial lakes, retreating glaciers and less snow, which has made climbing peaks such as Mt. Everest that much more challenging. The Himalayas. Here are some of the first hand accounts, via The Hindu news article....... Climate change has been most visible to climbers like Apa Sherpa who have noticed big changes since 2008. "Now the snow has reduced and it has become very dangerous especially on the Hilary Step, before the Everest summit. When you wear crampons for the snow and suddenly encounter rock, it gets very slippery," he says. The rocky patch is increasing over the years. Since 2007 the ice pinnacles in the Everest area have reduced in height and at the advanced base camp, there has been flowing water in the climbing season, a clear indication that ice is melting. "You no longer have to melt ice to drink water," says Dawa Steven Sherpa. Motup Chewang of Rimo Expeditions said major changes had swept the Karakoram Range as well in the last 20-30 years. The glaciers were retreating much faster and huge glacial lakes were forming there. For climbers, the window or clear period for climbing is coming down, especially on Mt. Everest and even trails in many places are broken. There are few places mountaineer Harish Kapadia has not gone to and he has been observing changes in the Garhwal and Kumaon regions. "The last five years have been marked by receding glaciers and even walking is difficult. The uncertainty for climbers and trekkers is increasing in the Himalayan region." AccuWeather.com - Climate Change | Climate Change through the Eyes of Himalayan Mountaineers ... Since some here can't trust the science or the scientist---How about the people that spend their life's climbing these mountains?