I had been planning this adventure to Alaska for almost a year. It was the first time I had ever been there, let alone going to an actual glacier. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and everything I had hoped it would be. I had seen pictures of it but seeing it up close was utterly amazing!
When you first start out, the first mile and a half is not too hard. But, once you are out there, navigating your way around to where you need to shoot, is no easy task. Every time we thought we found a way, we were met with huge crevasses. Some you could cross, but others were so big that you could not see the bottom of them! We had to climb and, sometimes, even backtrack to finally figure out how to get to where we wanted to shoot. It is not just as simple as following a well beaten path.
Although at first site the glacier doesn't seem all that big, in reality it is quite massive! The first few miles you can just use crampons and poles. However, beyond that, you have to be an experienced ice climber. The further you get into it, the more dangerous it becomes. On a side note, if you really want to learn to climb ice, there is guide team that will teach you how. But, from what I witnessed, it doesn't look very easy. However, it is something I am considering trying on my next trip.
I have been told that the glacier moves at least a foot and a half each day! We could hear it popping and cracking in the distance. You can even hear it calving, which can be quite unnerving. There was a part of me that secretly hoped we would see one, but never dreamed it would actually happen. However, on day 3 of our adventure, I got my wish.
The calving happened about 20 yards from us. I had my back turned and heard this crack and then, a big splash. I turned around in time to see it drop and then roll over in the water. A huge wave of water came rushing towards us! I picked up my gear and ran – I was taking no chances! Saying that, it is pretty hard to run on ice, especially wearing crampons! After that, reality sunk in and we were quite aware of what really could happen. You never know, and there is no way to predict it!
I had such an amazing time, I know I will be definitely going back! It is just one of those places that stays with you for ever. If Glacial Alaska is not on your bucket list, it most definitely needs to be!
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