"Glacier Walking" Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve Sports & Outdoors Tip by raraavis

This is a relatively mild sport in a harsh, but exceptionally beautiful environment. The glacier mountain is Mt. Blackburn. From Kennicott, a 45 minute hike lead you to the edge of the glacier. Along the way, you might spot black bears. Crampoons are provided by the guiding company. Walking on crampoons is a learned skill, but you learn quickly. The guide will take you to explore the cravesses and mulans in the area. Those things are way cool!

Don't forget to fill up your water bottle with melted glacier water. It's cold and delicious. Pee away from where you harvest water. :)

I used St. Elias Alpine Guides based in McCarthy, the adjacent town. Owner Bob is an experienced guide who first summit Mt. Blackburn 20 some years ago. He's also one of the permanent residents in a town of 30. Trips range from day hikes to week-long ice climbing expeditions. Check out the website first.

Equipment: Crampoons
Wear thick hiking or ski socks
Camera
Wear ski gloves: they'll protect your hands if you fall on ice

Theme: Hiking
Website: http://www.steliasguides.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 18, 2005
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