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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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Fully Auto Snowball Machine Gun

Hopefully this coming winter will be better then last and something like a the above video.  Hopefully…

The system itself is pretty simple, take a back mounted leaf blower attach some cut PVC with a plunger on it to a Y on the hose.  Then push some pre-made snowballs in and watch the carnage.  I like it.  Like I said though, hopefully this winter will get nice and snowy so that we can implement it.

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Glow in the Dark Skiing

Ok, not glow in the dark in the traditional sense, Greed LED strips attached to the skis and poles of a professional skier.  Some drone footage of him carving up the mountain side make for a pretty cool video.  Being the actual skier though, that looks super dangerous, even with the guiding lights along some of the paths.  Skiing through trees in the dark, no thank you.

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Ski Season Is About to Begin

So watch this video that I’m pretty sure I’ve never posted before of some guy skiing at night with flares attached to him.  It’s pretty cool, though pretty dangerous.  I like to ski, though I don’t think I’d ever do something like that.

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Waterfall Skiing

Yes, this is as stupid as it sounds.  No, he is not successful.  No you should not try this ever.  Yes, he should rethink his life choices.

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you have to try and get 100% usage out of your winter equipment.  It’s perfectly reasonable to leave them sitting in a closet or a basement for the 6 months of the year that you can’t use them.  I’m pretty sure you did way more damage to them by trying to ski down a rocky waterfall then if you had just left them in a bag in your basement.  But hey, someone’s gotta win the Darwin Award, unfortunately, he survived.

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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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Dangerous Skiing

Skiing can be a dangerous sport, I’m not talking about the too crazy extreme skiing that some people do, just the moderate kind on large back country mountains.  Take a watch on this video of a skier who fell into a crevasse:

All in all, it seems like he handled himself very well.  I can’t say the same for myself, but then again, I would never go skiing in an area where this can happen.  I like skiing, but I like to live also.  It looks like he lost one of his skis too, so in 25,000 years when this glacier makes it to the sea our descendants will be confused by this chunk of flat carbon that shows up on the shoreline.

I think the most interesting part though is the crevasse.  The crazy eerieness of it, and the fact that it was barely covered and then the guy just fell through, that’s scary enough for me.

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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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Speedriding (Parachute Skiing)

Parachute Ski 1

This really is a crazy thing.  I’ve heard of heliskiing, that in itself isn’t crazy, but being taken to the top of an uncharted mountain in Alaska, and skiing down the impossible face of it with a parachute on your back while you navigate crevasses, 100 foot jumps, and the ever increasing threat of the wind just stopping and causing you to plummet to your death, this is crazy.

Yet, it’s something someone wants to do.  Wants to do so much, that they’ve managed to get a sponsor or two for it and they went up to Alaska to try it out.  I gotta say it again, that’s crazy.  Just look at this photo of them parachuting between towering walls of snow and ice:

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C.R.A.Z.Y.

There’s a whole documentary about it that came out in January, I haven’t watched it yet, but I might.

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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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