Hiking the Athabasca Glacier
On our last full day in Canada, Glen and I scheduled a hike on the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park.
When we got there it was blowing snow and visibility was pretty poor.
However, by the time everyone in our group geared up the snow had stopped and the sun had come out. We had to hike up to the glacier, which was the hardest part because it was so rocky.
This is the view once we got onto the glacier.
Our guide dug down and handed all of us some of the glacial ice. This ice is 200 plus years old. Pretty amazing to think about.
Our guide graciously took our picture 🙂
Here you can see more snow moving in. It was pretty much at this time the guide thought it would be a good idea to start heading back down.
We hiked most of the way back down the glacier next to a shallow crevasse. You can also see it had started to snow.
We got to look down into a glacial hole, one at a time, while holding our guides hand to make sure we didn’t fall in.
At this point it was snowing pretty hard and the wind was blowing gale force. We had to shield our faces because the snow was hitting us and stinging our skin.
The snow sure made the view pretty on the drive back to Canmore.