Sunday, March 27, 2011
I probably made my last hike out on the ice at Mendenhall Glacier for this winter. It was 45 degrees and straight sun. The ice is rising because the streams are running pretty good now because of the melting. The increased water causes the ice to rise and the cracks in the ice are noticable. I made it very far in and even saw a huge rock, VW size, break out of the ice and crash down a the big glacier. It was noisy and threw up a lot of ice. I was pretty far away. I was one of only two people who made it in all the way. Most people went into the ice bergs and went back. One boot fell through the ice into about 9 inches of water. The boots are 14 inch tall boots so no problem. Funny thing is, It was in an area where I thought I was safe. I had been in some places where I thought I was pushing it but no problem there. I was able to climb up a couple of ice bergs too. They are generally straight ice and super slick. Now, with warm weather, the ice bergs have a bit of grip to the surface so I could climb up and felt pretty safe.
Winter is basically over - my trips to Mendenhall Glacier over ice may well be over for this winter.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
It really was a nice day and a nice trip. My toes got beat up pretty good. I had to go through some drifts that were 5 feet deep and I fell on the ice about 5 times.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
This video was taken 3/5/11. I had to cross country ski 6 miles to get to the glacier. I then cross countried around the flats so I could get to where this picture was taken. I am not sure that the video made it onto the blog - so if there is no video, some technical glitch is taking place.
I was standing on ice which had been exposed to sun. That caused a black ice type condition. I fell 3 times on the ice - not fun.
It was about 20 degrees with a very slight wind. Walking out, I walked into a few 3, 4, and 5 feet snow drifts which were a pain to get out of. I have had kind of a soft 3 weeks because of blasting winds or rain, so I was testing myself to see what kind of condition I am in. I actually did better than I had anticipated. I am ready to do another trip after my aches leave me. We had a super sunny and 25 degree weekend which is perfect weather for Juneau. I like it
This glacier is also a place for wolves. I did not hear any but other have told me, if you want to hear wolves - go to Herbert Glacier.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
This is Herbert Glacier. I commemorate this picture to Herbert Meador, my departed Uncle. He was a great man who lived a life of caring for his family and helped with my family too. He was the most gentle and loving man I ever knew. He was unlike my dad in so many ways (that is good actually.)
I crossed country skied about 14 to 15 miles to get this picture, and a few more. I got tired and fell about 7 times. 3 times I was on black ice type conditions - super slick.
It was Uncle Herb's birthday last week but we had 60 MPH winds so I could not get into the glacier. I barely got out of the house except for going to school to teach.
I will have more pictures up next week to show the trip into and out of Herbert Glacier.