Stuck in a Crevasse

Jamie Mullner was skiing in Switzerland when he fell into a crevasse in the ice.  Honestly, this is one of those things that terrifies me, even though I have no intention of ever skiing in the back country where this happens.  He does seem extremely calm throughout the whole ordeal, I wouldn’t be that’s for sure.

Anyway, there’s a nice video to get you all worked up for the coming Ski Season.

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Alaskan Time-Lapse

You all should know that I’m a huge fan of time-lapses.  Well, on my trip to Alaska, I took quite a few of them, instead of making you watch each one individually, I put them all together in this short two minute video, and I included some sweet music to listen to it at the same time!  It’s also in 4k!!1

I only took time-lapses at 3 of the parks I’ve visited – Wrangell-St. Elias, Gates of the Arctic, and Kobuk Valley.  I wasn’t in the same spot for long enough at Kenai Fjords, Katmai we were walking and on the look out for bears, and in Lake Clark I had some camera trouble.  Regardless, I think the above is pretty dang good, what about you?


Skating on Ice

Crystal clear ice of a frozen pond in northern Sweden.  So clear is the ice and water that you can see fish swimming below.  This makes me want to move to an area where I can do that.{reddit}

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Glacier Bay National Park

The last entry in my profiles of the National Parks of Alaska is Glacier Bay.  It is one of the older parks in Alaska, President Coolidge made it a National Monument in 1925, and President Carter upgraded it to full Park status in 1980.  Over it’s 90 year history it’s seen countless boats bring tourists into the coves to see the massive glaciers up close.  Because it is so easily accessible to cruise ships, it currently ranks the 2nd most visited park in Alaska, with just over 500,000 visitors in 2014.

Johns Hopkins Glacier
John Hopkins Glacier {NPS}

It’s one of the more southern parks, located close to Juneau.  Like the state’s capital, (and most of the other Alaskan Parks), there are no roads leading into the park.  Unlike most of the other Alaskan parks, the majority of it’s visitors arrive via boat instead of the air.  The park borders Canada, and Wrangell-St. Elias, together with the Provincial parks of Kluane and Tatshenshini-Alsek, they make up 32 million acres of protected area in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The main attraction here is Glaciers.  There are 15 tidewater glaciers in the park, glaciers that terminate in the sea.  Four of them are actively creating new icebergs all the time.  This impressive scene is dangerous to witness due to the weight of the ice, the unpredictability of it, and the waves it causes when they fall.  It’s still pretty neat, if you manage to see it.  Over the 200 year history of the area there has been extensive documentation of the glaciers and their many advancements and retreats over the years.

webcam of Bartlett cove
There is a webcam on the Bartlett Cove Dock, when I took this screen shot it was rather overcast and you couldn’t see much, but the weather changes hourly, so when you’re reading this it might be interesting.  Hell, I might even be in frame (if you’re reading this in 2016 that is).

Historically, Glacier Bay has been inhabited for at least the last 10,000.  But the landscape has changed drastically since it was first visited in the late 1700s.  The entire bay was once covered by a glacier.  100 years later in 1879, John Muir visited the area and wrote heavily  about it.  Eventually, he would get a glacier named after him, at the time it was the most active glacier in the bay, but has since retreated quite a bit and is no longer classified as tidewater.

Kayaking around the bay, as well as rafting the Alsek River are two popular attractions.  At low tide, brown bears (coastal), can be seen feeding along the shores, humpback whales, and sea otters swim in the bays, while eagles soar above.  Some of the quintessential Alaskan wildlife viewing is paramount in and around Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.  The most popular section is Glacier Bay, with all the different coves, and inlets of the area many leading to glaciers, or to newly unearthed land freed from glacial cover in just the last 150 years.  However there are over 600 miles of coastline along the outer coast of the park that are rarely visited, but these are open to the raw Pacific Ocean.

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Penguins are Terrifying

Penguin mouth

No, that’s not Photoshopped, that’s a real life penguin about to eat a GopPro.  Photographer Clinton Berry managed to capture this shot of a penguin while in Antarctica.  Studying them for weeks, and with some luck, this shot was possible.  It’s also enough to make you second guess penguins from now on don’t you think?

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3D on the Rocks

Or, using a CNC machine to carve intricate ice sculptures to put in glasses of Whisky.  Yea, this is a good way to spend millions of dollars, that’s for sure.  It almost seems like an April Fools Joke, but alas, videos were posted last year, and the news article I read about it was posted yesterday, so it’s not too ridiculous.

The entire thing was created by an advertising agency though, so I don’t know how truthful it actually is.  I also don’t understand the reason to waste so much time and effort crafting ice cubes to go into whisky.  Also, the fast moving bits, wouldn’t that cause the ice to heat up and melt?  This is an entirely impractical application, for sure.

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Indoor Skating Rink

Indoor Ice Rink

Yes, that is exactly what it looks like.  Someone didn’t turn the water off at the street, and so their entire basement got full of water.  Then since the house was unoccupied, and had no heat, that water froze.  You have to admit, that looks pretty sick.  Right out of a videogame if you ask me, the block walls really help give it the perfect videogame vibe, (which is kinda what the top comment on the reddit thread is saying)  It’s a shame that the home is now condemned though.  Luckily, no one is currently living in it, so no one is homeless.

There’s a couple more photos on this imgur album, but they don’t nearly convey the coolness of the above.


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FPS Hockey

I like Hockey, it’s the only sport I’ll sit down and watch regardless of who’s playing.  Behind the scenes action like this is cool.  It’s made especially cooler by the fact that I was at that game in the stands too.  (It was cold, and it snowed that day, but The Rangers Won, so it was fun).

It makes sense that the referees talk to the players, especially in a sport played on ice and open to physical contact like Hockey is.  And I bet some of the refs are decent friends of the players themselves.

All in all, pretty fun video, and worth the watch, even if you’re not a Hockey fan.


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Hard water is Ice

Yes and no, and i don’t need any scientific reasons as to why I’m wrong/right.  Anyway, here are some awesome ice cube tray makers.

I know someone who would like this, I think.  Buy them, $8.99.

I think the name of this one is just great!  Not sure how well the fossils will stay together though.  Buy one $8.00

This is my favorite one.  I want that set, I would use it often.  Buy one $6.10.

This is a good one to pair with the AK-47 bullet ice cube tray.  You could make a ransom note out of Ice, and then shoot some with an ice bullet and leave no traces! Buy one $28.80.

There are a bunch of other cool Ice cube trays to take a look at them.  They have Tetris ones, which I’ve covered before, and LEGO ones, which I’ve covered before, among other cool ones.  Maybe you’ll find the perfect gift for someone! (Hint, I want the Gin & Titonic)

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Make a Snow Arch

That’s an arch made of snow, look at the grace, and the beauty, and the leaning of it towards one side.  Seems like a work of snow art that took hours to make, only to be destroyed by nature.  Oh well, here are some instructions on how to make it.  And here are some nice photos on how it was made:

Making the base with what looks like plastic tub, nice.  We used a garbage can for our snow slide.

They used the bad bricks to hold up the arch as it was made.  Good thinking, next they should boil them down and make some coffee with them or something.  Maybe coat the arch with ice.  We did that to our slide, it lasted for ages because of it.

The final test, remove the supports and hope the arch lives.  Theirs does, yay for them.  But victory is short lived, because the heat soon makes its mark and destroys the once graceful arch.  Oh well, here’s a nice video of the arch failing completely:

Snow Arch from Paul Maiorana on Vimeo.