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Hiking Alaska's Alyeska Glacier

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Turnagain Arm
This shot was taken of Turnagain Arm on the drive to Girdwood from Anchorage, in late winter, 2005. It's really one of the most beautiful drives in America, along the Seward Highway, with lots of mountains and bird life.

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Snowshoeing Backcountry
I was just setting out from the Alaska Ski Train, which takes skiers, snowshoers, and snowboarders into the backcountry twice a year. The snow was epic. And on the train ride back to Anchorage, the train has a car dedicated to a polka band—live polka music and a bar. It's incredible fun.

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Turnagain Arm in Winter
Sunrise along Cook Inlet, as seen from the Alaska Ski Train. I was riding between cars to get this shot. It was cold

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Snowboarding Alyeska
Midday sun at the top of Mt. Alyeska. Alyeska is really a very unique ski resort—its base is only at 250 feet above sea level, which makes it the lowest elevation ski area in North America. On the tram ride up, you get these tremendous views of the Glacier Valley and Turnagain Arm.

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Midnight Sun Glacier Valley
You can see the horizontal sunlight cutting across the mountains underneath all that cloud cover. This was during a midnight sun glacier hike I did on Alyeska Glacier in June 2006. On the left, Turnagain Arm makes its appearance again.

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Midnight Sun Climb
Here I am, wielding an ice axe on Alyeska Glacier at about 10 pm during the midnight sun hike, and looking tougher than I felt. I'd just had knee surgery six months before and was feeling a little leery of the ice, but it was all fantastic fun.

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Midnight Sun Glacier Valley
A break in the clouds, and you can see all the hanging glaciers in the aptly named Glacier Valley during the summer's midnight sun season.

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