The first steps onto the Root Glacier were marked by the sound of crushed ice under foot
The view going forward was dominated by a forboding mountain. An icon of the desolation found on the Root Glacier...in the rain.
I bid farwell to the solid earth and stepped onto the rewarding world of glacier hiking.
Cold and Happy
Despite the rain, my spirits were undampened. Thats the smile of someone walking on a glacier for the first time.
Kicking butt brings on a whole new meaning with these boots
The first portion of the trek was accompanied by lush forest...however that would not last long as the Root Glacier became more desolate.
The entire time I was trekking along the Root Glacier I was convinced I was on a mission to Mordor. Wouldn't you!?
Slippery When Wet
Without crampons, even just getting ONTO the Root Glacier would have been an impossibility.
The rare but indiginous Mike! "Does he have large talons?"
Do these lines indicate millenia of ice layers? Pretty cool either way.
Driving on the Root Glacier would certainly compress your spine. Ridges and ripples found in the ice sheaths.
Despite having some picked up sediment, the ice of the Root Glacier was pristine. Diamone-like.
Ice dominated the field of vision but it was hard to ignore the silhouetted mountains in the back drop. Wrangell - St. Elias is something else!
Ocean of Blue
Water and ice so pristine that it is sky blue. Hands down this is the single most purely blue "thing" I have encountered in nature. I think...
Though the glacier purity is uncontested, it was not without a few spots of collected sediment. Hey wind and runoff make there ways across Glaciers too!