What do you do with giant glaciers? Go hiking on them. Take some pictures. Fly around them. Maybe designate the whole thing into a park. Use the ice for mixed drinks. Here are some select images from this summers many Root Glacier adventures. Pictures on Ice, shaken not stirred.
Hidden Creek Lake floods
Every summer the Hidden Creek Lake, a glacier lake ten miles north of town, busts it’s dam. This usually happens during the first few weeks of July. When Hidden Creek Lake drains it floods nearby waterways, including the Kennicott River. The banks corrode, and large chunks of ice charge downstream. For about twenty four hours... Continue Reading →
Canoeing the Root Glacier Pools
The Root Glacier, the ancient conveyor of ice, recedes near McCarthy. This part of the glacier is covered with moraine - rocky debris scraped from the mountains at it’s source. Underneath this debris lays the actual white ice most people associate with glaciers. The toe of the glacier, as it’s called, is a wild place... Continue Reading →
The Moose Pond
The "moose pond" is a seasonal branch of the Kennicott River. This is a popular swimming spot for humans and moose alike. This picture was taken during a rare moment of calm water. When not rippled by the wind, peppered by mosquito, or disturbed by rain, the pond reflects the Bonanza Ridge and Porphory Mountain... Continue Reading →