Ice Hiking On The Juneau Icefield, Part I: Getting There

I’ve heard it said that the destination isn’t important, it’s the Journey that counts. Maybe I’m just lucky, but I often find that one can be just as exciting as the other.

When I visited Juneau, the state capital of Alaska, I planned to spend the afternoon exploring as much of this charming frontier town (city just feels like too big a word) and its surroundings as I could. But before that, I had a more adrenalin-filled activity in mind: hiking on the Hole-in-the-Wall Glacier, part of the Juneau Icefield. And getting there and back would prove just as exhilarating as the trek itself!

Sue looking nervous at the offset - despite her worries, she didn't fall out of the door!

Sue looking nervous at the offset
– despite her worries, she didn’t fall out of the door!

Our excursion was arranged through NorthStar Trekking. As we climbed into the A Star helicopter I felt the familiar thrill I get whenever I go flying. Yet this flight would provide a double buzz. For not only was the scenery like nothing I’d ever experienced before, at the end of it I was going to land on a glacier for the first time!

Our destination: the Juneau Icefield

Our destination: the Juneau Icefield

There was a lot of green on the way to the Icefield

Initially there was a lot of green on the way to the Icefield

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Then we crossed into the ice zone

Then we crossed into the ice zone

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Guardian Mountain

Guardian Mountain

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Norris Glacier

Norris Glacier

Norris Glacier - the dark stripes are the result of rock debris within the ice

Norris Glacier – the dark stripes are the result of rock debris within the ice

The snout of the Taku Glacier - the blue ice indicates recent calving activity

The snout of the Taku Glacier – the blue ice indicates recent calving activity

Taku Glacier - close up of the calving area

Taku Glacier – close up of the calving area

Looking west across the crevasse-riddled snout of the Taku Glacier - the deepest and thickest glacier in the World

Looking west across the crevasse-riddled snout of the Taku Glacier – the deepest and thickest glacier in the World

East edge of the Taku Glacier - where ice meets forest

East edge of the Taku Glacier – where ice meets forest

Coming in to land on the Hole-In-The-Wall Glacier

Coming in to land on the Hole-In-The-Wall Glacier

The first A Star is already down

The first A Star is already down

I want one of those!

I want one of those!

The flight back wasn’t too shabby either…

Our helicopter coming to pick us up after our hike

One of our group’s helicopters coming in to land

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A landscape of contrasts

A landscape of contrasts

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Come back next week to read about the actual ice trek!

The Gastineau Channel, with Juneau on the left

The Gastineau Channel, with Juneau on the left

This post was inspired by this week’s Cee’s Which Way Challenge.

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9 Responses to Ice Hiking On The Juneau Icefield, Part I: Getting There

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Awesome trip and photography. 🙂

  2. jpeggytaylor says:

    What a wonderful landscape! The glaciers are fascinating and the closer shots of the detail really bring out the rough texture of the ice. We thought the Norris Glacier with its dark bands looked like a giant vehicle had driven through … we decided it must have been driven by the giant bear who left his footprints on Guardian Mountain (image number 8) 😀 We really enjoyed this post – what a marvelous trip 🙂

  3. Pingback: Juneau Icefield, Part II: Hiking On A Glacier | Jaspa's Journal

  4. cyardin says:

    The colour of the lake in the third photo is amazing. So deep and dark with a crystal reflection.

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