August 1st part 2/2
After a lot of bushwhacking I eventually found that other trail which follows the river downhill. Shortly thereafter it began to rain again, and two thunderstorms went off over two different massifs. I went down along the river until the point where another trail crosses the one I was on, but crossing the river there looked way to difficult. This is a glacial river with very dark and muddy water, so you can't see what's underneath, making wading a lot riskier. On top of that, last night it rained heavily, coupled with a sunny and warm day until the rain started again. This makes for a very fast moving river. It might sound like any weather is bad based on my last few sentences so I'll try to explain briefly how it goes:
Water has a way higher density than air, and transfers heat quicker. Therefore rain melts glaciers and snow fields pretty fast.
Direct sunlight as we all know can heat things up very quickly, including glaciers and snow fields.
Finally heat will obviously do the same.
So the most efficient combo at melting glaciers and snowfields is a high daily average temperature coupled with rainy nights and sunny days. In contrast, cloudy days and low average temperature wouldn't affect them as much.
In the end I walked up and down the river looking for safe places to wade it without any success. I would've probably made it at a few places but given I was almost brought down violently in a river crossing in Ecuador a few years back, I've got a tremendous amount of respect for the situation. I decided to make camp for the night and give it a try in the morning. Unless it rains very hard tonight, the river should be a bit calmer tomorrow due to the lower night-time temperature.
A failure of a day in terms of going where I'm headed, but I saw a lynx so the day ended up being a good one anyway!