So much to do and so little time! I’m sure many of you can relate. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share more adventures soon. In the meantime, here are some photos from a recent exploration. Last weekend, I took my two boys on a trip to the Matanuska Glacier, about 100 miles north of Anchorage.
This is a picture taken from the Glenn Highway of the glacier.
Notice the blue color in the crevices. The blue is present because the dense ice absorbs every other color of the spectrum except blue. Occasionally, we’ll stumble upon an ice cave on a glacier. When you enter them, everything glows blue. We don’t spend much time in these caves… glaciers are dynamic. You never know when one of these caves will collapse.
Me standing at the glacier’s face.
Kier jumping over a glacial rivulet.
Teko jumping over the same spot (yes, he made it!).
One of the glacier’s extreme dangers: this is a sinkhole that a lot of these rivulets dump into. A few years ago, a teenage boy slipped into one of these holes and disappeared. A video camera was lowered on a cable 800′ down the hole and there was no sign of him. We dropped a boulder into this particular hole and it took six seconds for it to hit the bottom. You must use extreme caution when approaching these holes.
As we climbed higher on the glacier, we came upon this beautiful glacial lake. When I was a kid, Dad and I landed on one of these glacial lakes in the Wrangell Mountains on a sheep hunting trip. We hiked 20 miles in to hunt, and when we returned to the lake a few days later to be picked up by the float plane, the lake had dumped (the glacier shifted and all the water drained out). We were lucky enough to find another lake a few miles away.
We ran into a group of serious ice climbers a little higher on the glacier. I think they were a little put off when the boys and I passed them up without using any fancy equipment (we did use an ice axe).
The boys nearing the top of our climb.
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