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Butch`s adventures with his dad 1995-2000

1997 Alaska Trip---Hiking on a glacier

December 20th 2006 8:29 pm
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On our 1997 trip after Dad and I finished hiking the Chilkoot Trail, we drove from Skagway,Alaska back up into Canada via the Klondike Highway. The Klondike Highway rejoins the Alaska Highway and from there we continued up into the main part of Alaska (Skagway is located in the Alaska Panhandle and is not connected by road to the rest of the state). Once in mainland Alaska, we drove to the small town of Tok where we exited the Alaska highway and drove on down the Glenn Highway. On the Glenn Highway a short distance past the town of Glennallen we stopped at the Matanuska Glacier. Here Dad strapped on his crampons and off we went across the icefields of the glacier. Dad kept me on leash so that I wouldn`t slip into any deep cravasses---cracks in the ice of the glacier that can be hundreds of feet deep. We had fun hiking up the small ice mountains of the Matanuska Glacier and then on down into the valleys. We spent a bit over an hour exploring here. Dad posted a video clip of the Matanuska Glacier hike on my page. Be barking more details later!
From across the Bridge,


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