Taku Glacier is an advancing glacier, but over the past two years it has been retreating slightly. This is probably still an after-effect of the very warm winter 2014/15, when no snow fell on the lower glacier. Consequently, last summer saw a big seasonal retreat, and this winter's advance could not compensate for that. It will be interesting what happens after this El Nino is over.
After Taku, I was invited to go to JIRP (Juneau Icefield Research Program) and give a lecture. This is an undergraduate research expedition that has been going on every year since the 1940s. I was very impressed by the program and the many smart and interested students, many of which had very little or no experience with snow and ice.
|Doug is laying out radar antennas|
|Ice radar in crevassed areas|
|Nice evening light at our base camp|
|Base camp at sunset|
|JIRP Camp 17 at the top of Lemon Creek Glacier|
|The JIRP students are doing safety training on the glaciers. For some it was their first time on skis.|
|JIRPers at sunset|