1A steep part of a glacier like a frozen waterfall.
- The glaciers, the icefalls, the three summits - we can see none of it.
- For us a serac is a big block or pinnacle of ice sticking up in the middle of the feature of a glacier called an icefall.
- Check out that smooth sunrise turning all the pointy peaks and deadly icefalls a soft, deceiving pink.
2An avalanche or fall of loose pieces of ice.
- This is usually attributed to objective dangers - unpredictable acts of God, such as avalanches, icefalls, rockfall, and horrid weather.
- Dozens of icefalls (ice avalanches) now occur per day all around us.
- Just as long as you don't forget that, in the end, it's not lightning or rapids, avalanches or equipment, rockslides or icefalls that are going to get you.
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