June 24th, 2008 by Carl
I just got back from a trip to Icy Bay, down on the southern edges of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. This will definitely be a trip for next year. It was my first time in this amazing place, and it really is cool. There’s SO much to see and explore in the area. It’ll be a sea kayaking/hiking trip, a little of everything. the scenery is awesome, and the geology of the place is fascinating. 100 years ago it was a wall of glacial ice, now 3 glaciers have receded, and the valleys left in their wake filled with water, creating 4 deep cold fjords. The Taan fjord is the most navigable for paddling, the Tsaa fjord is almost covered with icebergs. Here’s a shot from a camp site along the shores of the Taan fjord, Icy Bay, looking out over the bay towards Mt. St. Elias, as it catches the last rays of the sun for the day. Pretty sweet view, eh?
I’ll have a detailed page for this trip on the website this fall, outlining more of what we’ll be doing, etc, and a bunch of photos from the area. The trip will leave out of Yakutat, Alaska, and we’ll probably want to spend a day or so there, and maybe do a boat trip up Disenchantment Bay to the Hubbard Glacier as well – it’s simply incredible!