Hubbard Gacier calving chunks of ice into Russell Fjord, Wrangell
A test blog post. A photo of the Hubbard Glacier calving into Disenchantment Bay, near Gilbert Point.The Hubbard Glacier is one of the largest tidewater glaciers in North America, is extremely active, and a well-visited tourist destination. There are few experiences quite like watching a 200-300′ tower of ice crash into the sea!
I shot this photo on a trip I made to the Wrangell – St. Elias coast in 2007, first to Icy Bay, and then up into Disenchantment Bay, Gilbert Point and Russell Fjord.
Hiker silhouetted against the Chugach mountains, Wrangell – St. Elias Park.
I shot this image years ago, on one of my first trips in the park. Me and my good friend Frank flew in from McCarthy to Iceberg Lake, and backpacked form their to Bremner Mines. I’d been to Iceberg Lake the previous year, and hiked to a pretty little alpine valley in the Chugach mountains called, locally, Allie’s Valley.But this year I wanted to hike a slightly different route, and go further west to Bremner Mines. We had a fantastic trip, all the adventure one could ask for, and tons of fun. Continue reading
Mount Sanford, early morning, fall colors and a kettle pond, boreal forest, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
Mount Sanford, just after sunrise one gorgeous fall morning, is a real treat to see. Mount Sanford stands 16 237′ tall, is the 6th highest mountain in the United States, and the 4th highest mountain in Alaska. Mt. Sanford was first climbed in 1938 by noted mountaineer and photographer Bradford Washburn and his climbing partner Terris Morris.
Mount Sanford is one of the more regularly viewed mountains in the park, because it’s so clearly visible from the surrounding roads. Mounts Bona, and Saint Elias, for example, are both taller mountains, but are deep within the park’s backcountry.
Two favored viewing areas for Mt. Sanford are Simpson Hill Overlook and Willow Lake, both off the Richardson Highway near Glennallen, but I prefer the views from the Nabesna Road. Mt. Sanford towers over the expansive Copper River Basin, and is really a site to behold.
Lupine fields and the calm waters of Icy Bay sit beneath the towering peak of Mount. St. Elias, an 18 008' peak, 2nd highest peak in Canada, 2nd highest peak in the US (it sits on the border of both countries), Mount St. Elias is the highest coastal peak, and the St. Elias Range the highest coastal mountain range, in the world. Mount St. Elias, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.
Welcome to Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve; the largest, grandest and wildest of the many US National Parks. This blog is an introduction to this special place, and what better way to get it started than a photo of one of the park’s namesakes, Mt St. Elias?
Taken on a kayaking trip to Icy Bay, this is one of my favorite photos of the 2nd tallest mountain in both the US and Canada. Mt. St. Elias, at 18 008 above sea level, sits right on the US/Canada border. Icy Bay is perhaps the grandest view of the mountain, if not one of the grandest views of ANY mountain. It’s simply a fantastic place to visit and enjoy the power of a magnificent mountain.
I look forward to adding to the blog from time to time, and introducing you to some of these favorite places, showing photos and telling stories from Wrangell – St. Elias National Park; truly “A Wilderness Park”.