During our tour (which I WILL FINISH WRITING ABOUT), we spent the afternoon on a glacier walk. Our guide prepped us like this:
Guys you can go walk on the start of a glacier, it’s pretty cool.
If you are going on the glacier, it. will. be. cold.
I’ll say it again: it. will. be. cold.
He was right; I, being the Kimberley Kid that I am, I wore seven layers on this glacier walk, y’all. SEVEN layers! I needed them, too! singlet, tshirt, lonsleeve tshirt, scarf, cardigan, jumper, and wind breaker (+beanie!). Ta-da!
It was such a cool experience, though (pun not intended). Cold is totally worth it for stomping around on the ice of a glacier in Canada.
A glacier looks like a spoonful of icecream that was mournfully dropped on the table and left to melt. Our glacier guide Peter (the gentlest, nicest guy you have ever met who has beautiful dog called George, who had a sore paw this day so he wore a paw mitt) has worked on the Athabasca glacier, near Jasper, for over thirty years (actually, he loves it too much to call it work, he says!) and has seen the glacier recede significantly in his lifetime. Back in the ’80’s he talked to a man who used to live/work there 40+ years previous, and he remembers the glacier being around five hundered odd meters (if memory serves me right?) further out than the start of it today. The ice created during winter is simply less than the speed of ice melting. It’s sad to see, and prods some questions/curiosity into the whole Global Warming debacle. I know very very little about it, and know people who are both believes and sceptics of the topic. So if you have some light topical reading – shoot me an email at letchjess @ gmail.com!
The freezing me and the lovely Julie 🙂
It is a fascinating view, isn’t it?! The mountains surrounded us on either sides and each has its own story to tell. We didn’t get to the glacier itself, but the ice off the glacier, to be specific, but I think that’s close enough! Our guide set us up with ice straps for grip on the ice, which took a bit of work to get on. I think the coolest part, though, was when our guide picked a footing in the ice for our feet and held our hand as we leaned over a ravine of melted, flowing water. The ice reflected that beautiful, turquoise-blue colour, the water flowed fast (and cold!), and the ravine looked just like a ravine should – uneven, curling, getting narrower the deeper it goes. It was amazing. You get a glimpse of what it looked like below…
It was just… fascinating to walk on the ice, walk on the edge of the glacier, and get to do something so very different! Another reason I loved my time in Canada. xo