Sunday, October 3, 2010


What could possibly be fun about climbing up huge bodies of ice? For starters you get to wear crampons which like moon boots make you feel invincible. What used to be a slippery slope is now an easy stroll up a 45 degree hill when your spiky friends are hugging your feet. When climbing a glacier you attach yourself to your group by a harness, carabiners, and a long climbing rope so that you can not fall to far. The crew practiced making ice anchors and crevasse rescue during our 5 day trip in the Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park. "Falling" into a crevasse was very thrilling, exploring the differences in ice density (white to shades of dark blue) and going back in time day dreaming about when this ice was formed is mind blowing. 

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