Preface: Get ready for a longer blog about this unforgettable trip. Stick it out to the end to see my top two all-time favorite icebergs, and find out what finally merited busting out the emergency tequila:)
For five days in a row I awoke to the sound of two Brits giggling in their tent. That’s right. . . giggling like school children! (I don’t think they’d mind me saying so.) As I lit the stove to boil water for coffee, gazing out over the ice-filled bay in front of Columbia Glacier, I thought giddily to myself, “somewhere along the line I must’ve made a really good decision if this is what I do for my life’s work”!
I get to share with wonderful people the most beautiful places in the world using my favorite mode of transportation, sea kayaks. This trip, a five-day kayak and camping expedition starting on the south side of Glacier Island and finishing off with three amazing days exploring the recently-revealed landscape at the face of Columbia Glacier, was one of the best yet! A huge thank you and enthusiastic cheers goes out to my two clients, Rob and Anya, who just happened to squeeze in this kayak adventure amidst their lengthy motorcycle tour starting in Washington. Umm, yea. . . they’re kind of badasses on two wheels. Now they can proudly say they’re badasses with double-bladed paddles.
Greetings! I’ve recently returned from another wonderful sea kayak camping trip with amazing clients, memories and scenery. Thank you to Evan and Katie, who joined me from Fairbanks for a three-day adventure out on Prince William Sound. Experienced backpackers and campers, these two wanted to get more experience in a sea kayak.
We began our trip right from the small boat harbor in Valdez, as Evan and Katie learned how to efficiently pack a sea kayak. We experienced a bit of a headwind for the first couple of hours as we made our way to Shoup Bay. They hung in there and we made it to the Inner Shoup Bay, where a view of Shoup Glacier made our efforts well worth it!
We set up camp right in front of the glacier, then hiked up to the face to explore and take a closer look at all the cool features there. Katie had said that all she wanted was to touch the glacier. So, of course, that is what we did! Shoup used to be a tidewater glacier, meaning the face (or terminus) sat in the sea water. The glacier has since retreated onto land again, allowing us the special opportunity to walk around at the face. We found a beautiful cave with a pool of water inside of it, pouring out as a powerful waterfall from underneath the glacier.
These photos were taken on Wednesday June 14th. Dana, our client from Cali, looks into the heart of the glacier. You can find these moulins throughout your hike.
7 day Meares to Columbia fully guided camping
Meares to Columbia 7 day fully guided camping
Paddle from Prince William Sound's only advancing Glacier to the terminal moraine of catastrophically retreating Columbia. Explore Unakwik inlet, Glacier Island and the Columbia ice field.
August 9th - 14th, 3 spots available, $2200pp, 2 spaces
Anadyr Trip Special
Glacier Island to Columbia Face 5 Day Camping
Paddle the pristine waters around Glacier Island and watch for sea mammals and a wide array of bird life including the elusive Horned and Tufted Puffins. Explore the new fjord being created by North America's second largest tidewater glacier.
August 27th-August 31st, $1625pp, 2 spots
4 Day, 3 Night remote lodge based trip
4day, 3 night remote lodge based trip
Paddle the terminal moraine at Columbia Glacier day one
Explore Tititlek Narrows and Ellemar by paddle and hike on days 2&3. Paddle Glacier Island and return to Valdez on day 4
Anadyr Adventures offers four types of trips: day trips for those with limited time in Valdez, multi-day camping trips, Mothership trips for those desiring the amenities of a support vessel, and lodge based trips offering Prince William Sound day excursions from the comfort of a remote Alaskan wilderness lodge.
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