If you fancy the idea of being on--or inside--an active glacier
, then this trail is a must-do.
As we fill our bottles, Stock points out the fine dust coating our boots--glacial flour, sign of an active glacier
. The final push to the edge of the Lyell Glacier is a grueling climb over hillock after hillock of loose rock.
CROCKETT [Voice over] It's a very active glacier
. Ice spires crash into the ocean, moments apart Ice comes through the narrows (with a resounding grinding and crunching) until slack tide.
Local valleys are occupied by active glaciers
that extend down to elevations of 3,800 to 3,900 m.
The north shore of Devon Island--with its active glaciers
discharging into water from the Arctic Ocean undiluted by water of Atlantic origin, and with reasonably certain access for ship supply each year--was the logical base site for the original objectives.
Dominated by majestic, snow-capped peaks and dotted with countless sapphire lakes, waterfalls, fjords and valleys reminiscent of Middle Earth's Rivendell, the region is home to hundreds of the world's most active glaciers
. And the star attractions, two massive tongues of jumbled blue, black and white ice snaking down through wide valleys, are Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere, Franz Josef Glacier and nearby Te Moeka o Tuawe, Fox Glacier.
And finally, it appears that the large-scale and complex features seen elsewhere connote repeated channel formation beneath very active glaciers
, whereas it seems likely that the N-channels on Flat Rock were the result of a single short-lived episode of erosion at the distal margin of a waning ice sheet.