Photographer's Note

Exit Glacier, on Alaska's Seward Peninsula.

You can hike all the way up to the top of this glacier. It's a beautiful climb, punctuated by spectacular views, marmots and the occasional foraging bear. At the top, a view across the vast Harding Ice Field makes a worthy reward for your effort. For those a little less adventurous, it's a short stroll down to the face of Exit Glacier.

Seeing a glacier like this for the first time is something you never forget. They hang between craggy peaks like gigantic prehistoric tidal waves, frozen in time. It's like looking back to an age where the earth was young, unpredictable and full of wild, raw power.

Sadly, the bulk and apparent timelessness of glaciers such as this bely their fragility. Exit Glacier has retreated a staggering 300 metres in the last ten years alone. That's a truly frightening distance for such a short period of time.

If this trend continues, in another three or four decades Exit Glacier will cease to exist. A rather sad fate for such a stunning piece of geographical art.

Sorry for the rather poor photo quality. It's one of a bunch of old matt prints I recently dug up and scanned.

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