The Matanuska has changed a bit since I was on it last, about 10 months ago. This is also a different time of year and the light was different. I recognized some of the area around the massive crevasse that I had climbed out of in September and it certainly has changed as the glacier is moving and changing constantly. Once again I found inspiration in the giant mass of icey blue and took many pictures to use later for visual reference in my studio.
Between climbs Andy and I pause for a quick pose. It's good to be able to share these places and experiences with a willing partner.
After a successful ascent Andy turns his ice axes into a safe handling position before repelling back down the ice wall. Looking good Birthday Boy!
Raising my ice axe in victory, "I made it!" It's my final climb of the afternoon and I'm tired. It was a great day but I'm ready for it to be over. At this point about all I can think about is a cheeseburger with some warm greasy french fries. I have plans to take Andy to the nearby Long Rifle Lodge for a birthday dinner tonight.
It's been a good day and after dinner we are headed off to the little port town of Whittier for five days of sea kayaking and exploring in Blackstone Bay...stay tuned.