I know there are ‘travellers’ out there who think that cruise ships are for the old, the infirm and the boring. They’ve clearly never been cruising with me…
Last week, I described our helicopter ride up onto the Juneau Icefield. But this was to be no mere flight-seeing jolly. In fact, there was some serious adventuring to be done… down on the ice itself.
Our helicopter landed on the Hole-In-The-Wall Glacier, a spur of the Taku Glacier, the thickest and deepest glacier in the entire world. Northstar Trekking had already kitted us out with all the necessary equipment back at the airport, and once their guides had strapped on our crampons, it was time to head out across the ice.
I say ‘our crampons’, although crampons are some of the many things not made in my size. To be fair, for those of you who aren’t aware, I am only 3½ inches tall! Thankfully, Rich and Sue were happy to act as pack mules for me and my fellow Ses, as usual.
We spent an exhilarating couple of hours hiking across the glacier in a loop that eventually brought us back to our helicopter. Along the way ‘we’ climbed steep slopes using ‘our’ crampons, crossed ice-covered crevasses and stared down deep, well-like moulins. We even got to taste some of the meltwater flowing across the glacier surface.
And at the end of our hike, we still could still look forward to the helicopter flight back, not to mention an afternoon exploring Juneau. It certainly was a day I’ll always remember!
This post was inspired by this week’s Cee’s Which Way Challenge.
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