Mendenhall Glacier: Part 2 of 2 – Walking on Thinning Ice

We strap on our bolt boots and take a trip to the amazing Mendenhall Glacier. Our tour benefited from a mostly sunny, though somewhat breezy day. This provided some excellent visibility flying into our landing site and plenty of Summer sunshine to briefly accelerate some melting underway. Our snow boots were fitted with bolts along the edges insuring we wouldn’t slip or fall on the icy somewhat slushy surface. With large holes and cracks every few steps, maintaining control of your walking pace was critical and the touring company clearly had things well planned for us when we arrived. They had already zoned off a couple rather large depressions, and crevasses we wanted to part of getting too close to. However, we did enjoy a brief sampling of the most wonderful water I’ve ever tasted – pure decades old glacial melt water. My technique wasn’t the best at nearly had me tipping into the water, but the experience was certainly worth it. Many changes are underway at Mendenhall and more startlingly so at South Sawyer Glacier where we witnessed active calving underway. More on that topic to follow.

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By robmayeda

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