Seward - Exit Glacier

Trip Start Jan 12, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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RV hire - see Anchorage entry

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Friday, June 25, 2010

I am suprised there are not accidents all the time on Alaskan roads, the scenery is so distracting! Every corner you turn presents more and more beautiful scenery.
Truly the best road trip I have ever done in my life....

Tips for travellers:
(1) The drive to Seward is spectacular, a must do
(2) Exit Glacier just outside of Seward is a must do. Be prepared:
   a) good warm waterproof clothing
    b) food and water
    c) cardboard to slide down
    d) change of socks
    e) poles (optional but will make the climb easier
    f) good hiking boots - a must

After stocking up the RV (see Anchorage entry for a great RV hire company) with groceries for 6 days we were on our way south to Seward. Within 20 minutes we were pulling over for pictures, The landscape in Alaska is amazing, so glad to be living this dream! We had 2.5 hours of beautiful scenery before arriving at Exit Glacier for a long hike up a glacier and some excitement on the way.

First bit of excitement was getting lost! Finding another galcier at about 1100ft and climbing it before traversing accross some dangerous terrain and getting back onto the trail.... Was a series of events that led to the error...

The sceenry on the climb was brilliant, above, left, right and behind we were surrounded by snowcapped mountains and glaciers... spectacular...
At the summit, Harding Ice field we were at 3550 ft, the 5 hour hike was well and truly worth it, i'll let pictures speak for themselves. Took us 5 hours including getting lost and many photo stops.

Next bit of excitement came at 1800ft when a black bear was on our path!! See the video and keep your ears open to hear what song comes to your head when you are confronted by a black bear (it is my travel partner singing), apparently you are to talk/sing to bears to prevent them from attacking you. To put this into perspective, a safe distance from bears is supposed to be 275 ft (83 metres), we were 45ft (15 metres)................ WOW!! (see the video).
On the way up Exit glacier we came across two guys and their mum, why they were on this glacier is beyond my comprehension. They were petrified of bears! One had a shot gun on his shoulder which I thought was O.K, the other however had a handgun, cocked and grasped firmly in both hands. He held the gun in this position for the whole hike... at least 4 hours as they didn't reach the top like we did. Maybe I am just a little naive.... :-)

The decent was only 2 hours thanks to using our ponchos to slide down on our butts!!

We cooked a well deserved BBQ when we got back to the RV and stayed the night in the exit glacier car park.
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