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RootGlacier

Root Glacier

In Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the Chugach-, Wrangell- and St. Elias mountains come together. They cover an area of over 30,000 sq miles (one quarter larger than Switzerland!), In this area, with peaks well over 16,000 feet high, you find the largest and most active volcano in North America as well as the largest concentration of glaciers.Together with a bush pilot, we flew to the heart of the park for a spectacular glacier hike on Root glacier. The tour starts from the base camp in the village of Kennicott in the heart of the National Park. With crampons we walk for hours on the glacier and stand on the steep ice field facing deep narrow canyon-like gorges of ice where meltwater rushes down like waterfalls. We also see the moulins, deep holes into which the water runs with the gurgling sound of a draining bathtub. The view over the dirt covered tongues of the Root-, Gates- and Kennicott Glacier is also unique!

The confluence of the Kennicott-, Gates- and Root Glacier

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