Album Glaciers

b.stark

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Figured out another album that this place might need. Glaciers! Magnificent rivers of ice, usually found, especially in the lower 48, in quite remote locations that folks like us enjoy.

Pretty much all my glacier encounters have been in the Wind River Range.

Grasshopper Glacier, 2009
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Connie Glacier, 2009
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Sourdough Glacier, 2009
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Also Sourdough Glacier, 2009
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That's most of the glaciers I've seen. I'll save a couple others for some other time.
 

chandlerwest

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The quality of these pictures are nothing to brag about but......In 1984 during my first round of avoiding a career in Accounting my mom and I went to Alaska. We had the good sense to spend the money to get a birds eye perspective of glaciers.
These first two were in a float plane out of Juneau getting to Taku Lodge for a salmon bake. The blue spot in intriguing.
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We then splurged and circumnavigated Denali in a small plane and saw "rivers" of ice.
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Confluence!!
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Passing by Columbia Glacier in a small cruise boat between Whittier and Valdez
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Looking down from our flight back to the lower 48. The Southeast corner of mainline Alaska.
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chandlerwest

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These of the glaciers that I have come across in Glacier National Park. Acres are per Wikipedia

Sperry Glacier --- Was 330 acres in 1966, it was at 216 acres in 2005
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Salamander Glacier --- 57 acres in 1993, 42 acres in 2005. In the foreground. It sits on the shelf above Grinnell Glacier. That is Gem Glacier, high on the right.
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Grinnell Glacier -- Was 220 acres in 1993. 130 acres in 2005 @Jeffrey Chandler in his transition year at appreciating hitting the trails
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Gem Glacier -- At only 5 acres it doesn't truly classify as a glacier(25 acres) but it hangs up there for all the world to see so we have to give it some credit.
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Old Sun Glacier -- I can't find anybody with a acreage for this. Only that it has lost 12%. Sits on the flank of Mt. Merritt
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Jackson Glacier -- Was 370 acres in 1966, then 250 in 2005. Was once part of the huge Blackfoot Glacier before they split
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Blackfoot Glacier -- Was 572 acres in 1966, then 441 acres in 2005
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Piegan Glacier -- Was 69 acres in 1966, then 62 acres in 2005. It sits up in the bowl/shelf. One day I will get to the top of the mountain and look down onto it.
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Swiftcurrent Glacier -- Was 64 acres in 1966, then 55 acres in 2005
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Sexton Glacier -- Was 97 acres in 1966, then 68 acres in 2005
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Siyeh Glacier -- Was 37 acres in 1966, and less than 10 acres in 2005. So its doesn't qualify as a glacier any more. But it gives us the incredibly colored Cracker Lake so it must gets it place on the list.
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Hoping not to sound snarky, but technically, none, or at least, very few of these are glaciers anymore as glaciers are moving masses of ice. I refer to them as ice fields, although according to the true definition, that's not correct either.

Great pics nonetheless, and thanks for sharing!
 

chandlerwest

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Hoping not to sound snarky, but technically, none, or at least, very few of these are glaciers anymore as glaciers are moving masses of ice. I refer to them as ice fields, although according to the true definition, that's not correct either.

Great pics nonetheless, and thanks for sharing!
Good point. Now that I seem to be thinking about it, I want to take a more romantic approach. These Alpine Glaciers are the roots of the colossal glaciers that formed the U-Shaped valley, moraines, and arêtes. (Think of them as glaciers with Alzheimer's). And until they drop below 25 acres the science community calls them glaciers. I want to believe, out of respect for past accomplishments.
 

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Good point. Now that I seem to be thinking about it, I want to take a more romantic approach. These Alpine Glaciers are the roots of the colossal glaciers that formed the U-Shaped valley, moraines, and arêtes. (Think of them as glaciers with Alzheimer's). And until they drop below 25 acres the science community calls them glaciers. I want to believe, out of respect for past accomplishments.

I like that. Credit where credit is due.
 

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Sorry, I’m an avid hunter and I know this is specifically a backpacking forum. I’m not here to stir the pot. Just here to share my experiences, they just typically tend to happen when I’m hiking with a gun.

I spend lots of time on and around glaciers hunting sheep and goats. The alpine is where I find peace, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Here’s a bit from my journeys.


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b.stark

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I've never done a backcountry hunt but occasionally hunt here in Nebraska, so you won't bother me aa_smith11
 

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Sorry, I’m an avid hunter and I know this is specifically a backpacking forum. I’m not here to stir the pot. Just here to share my experiences, they just typically tend to happen when I’m hiking with a gun.

I don't hunt, but I don't have a problem with it. Keep posting photos and you will be more than welcome here :)
 

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@aa_smith11 ......I haven't backpacked a night in my life and I keep thinking they will ban me...ha. But an appreciation on your natural surroundings seems the only prerequisite.
 

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Finally got up close and personal with some big, proper glaciers over the past couple weeks. This being the one I most closely encountered: Bremner Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Pic is from a knoll maybe 1000ft above. The next day we crossed it closer to its terminus out past the right side of this photo

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Finally got up close and personal with some big, proper glaciers over the past couple weeks. This being the one I most closely encountered: Bremner Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Pic is from a knoll maybe 1000ft above. The next day we crossed it closer to its terminus out past the right side of this photo

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Great photo, hope there is a trip report in the works :)
 

b.stark

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Great photo, hope there is a trip report in the works :)

There will be, may take a while though. Still travelling home and I wont do the trip report until I process all the pics from my good camera.
 

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Finally got up close and personal with some big, proper glaciers over the past couple weeks. This being the one I most closely encountered: Bremner Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Pic is from a knoll maybe 1000ft above. The next day we crossed it closer to its terminus out past the right side of this photo

Beautiful!
 

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Nice thread , love Glaciers . Here are two very different types of them.

Tweedsmuir Glacier in British Columbia
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Yerupaja Sur Glacier in the Cordillera Huayhuash Peru
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