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Athabasca Glacier

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  • Athabasca GlacierPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    4 Oct 24, 2013

    The famous Athabasca Glacier (the most-visited glacier in North America) is, simply put, a monster. Driving across the forbidding ice-field in a gigantic ice-crawler vehicle through heavily blowing snow (even in the middle of July!) is an experience unlike any other. There's something quite otherworldly and violently majestic about the place, and while the trip up from the icefields interpretive center is certainly a one-off experience (you need to go in the crawler to prevent potentially fatal mishaps like wandering unsupervised into one of the countless hidden crevasses), it's also pretty unique, and there's a certain end-of-the-world thrill that comes from driving up out of warm temperate forests and into the bleak landscapes of this ice-age realm, all in a single day.

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  • Athabasca GlacierPro 2014
    Diane Austin
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    3 Oct 08, 2013

    So worth the stop, but it is one of the places that looks and feels better in the photos than live, in person. Sort of dingy. It is so depressing to see how much the glacier has shrunk over the last 50 years, with markers showing the retraction each decade.

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  • Athabasca Glacier
    Bogdan Klimowicz
    5 Oct 23, 2012

    The Athabasca Glacier is one of six parts of the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. It is approximately 6 kilometres long, covers an area of 6 kilometres squared and between 90 - 300 metres thick. Due to it’s easy accessibility it is the most visited glacier in North America and it is possible to hike up to the bottom of the glacier from the parking lot. However do not venture past the corded areas and onto the glacier itself. Crevasses in the ice can be covered and many people have died of hypothermia and injuries because of falls into them.

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