Join me! Castner Glacier Cave (Click any photo to go to my Flickr) Sunday I visited a place I've been meaning to visit since Decemberish - Castner Glacier Cave, about 40 miles south of Delta Junction on the Richardson Highway. Just in the past 1-2 years, our dune grass has broken away in huge chunks, receding the beach way into folks’ yards. Peggy, that’s an amazing story and a great example! 2 yrs ago just before Christmas a rain storm knocked half an 18″ diameter pine tree onto my garage roof. Castner Glacier Ice Cave 08/24/14. She shared photos of exploring an under-glacier ice crystal coated cave/tunnel that was simply amazing. What a change in 4 months! The drive from Anchorage takes 4 hours and 57 minutes and follows a paved road the entire time. The video below captures this change of water as it moves from the glacier to stream. But for now, it’s one of the most stunning and easily accessed glacier basins in all of Alaska. Three midwinter trips to the Castner Glacier ice caves in the Eastern Alaska Range with Dan Volland, Dana Kerr, Kerry Tasker, and Jeremy Martin. Required fields are marked *. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. History Named in 1898 by Captain E. F. Glenn, USA, for Lieutenant J. C. Castner, USA, a member of his party. I guess it depends on when you come where we came as a set, half a mile closer to mile cuz it was pretty crazy. “Dating Holocene moraines of Canwell Glacier, Delta River Valley, central Alaska Range.” Short Notes on Alaskan Geology, Professional Report 111 (1991): 63-68. Here is a description of the activities. It had been raining now for days in Delta Junction, and I felt that we might be close to wearing out our welcome at the Delta Public Library and at the coffee lounge at the IGA food market, if for … Is this your last entry? I would love to hear your stories in the comments! Trail or route conditions, wildlife sightings and highlights: We had a great hike to Castner Glacier. When you reach Castner Creek on the Richardson Highway, you can park on the north or south side of the bridge . South of Delta Junction, Alaska, Castner Glacier is a rapidly receding glacier, and has changed dramatically since my last timehere this spring. Castner Glacier 04/14/14. Consequently, following a surge, more ice surface area is exposed to ablation. 721k members in the MostBeautiful community. The age of Alaskan glaciers is debated because they do not fall into time of expansion like lower 48 glacier (i.e. Enjoy the fall colors which are coming soon!  It also has lost a lot of its beautiful blue, translucent sheen. Feb 28, 2020 - It's February in Alaska, and we've learned that can mean some pretty unpredictable weather conditions. Ian A Johnson : Life, Wildlife, Wild-life, Watching a Glacier Die | Ian A Johnson : Life, Wildlife, Wild-life. the tree) every day! If you go to the BLM link for Castner Glacier, they say it’s only a 1/2 mile hike to the glacier – this is not correct. if you come here, though, just keep in mind that the walks pretty rough, It's about. they say it's half a mile. What makes this one special, even borderline famous is it’s massive ice caves; some of which runs 500 miles deep into the heart of the ice. That’s where the “type II” fun started. The route begins from asphalt roadside along the Alaska Pipeline, and climbs up massive glacial moraines of the Castner to the spectacular cirque of the Silvertip Icefield. Although the first freeze has not occurred here yet the willows, aspens and alder have already begun to acquire a yellow-green tint to their leaves in anticipation. However, aging the Alaskan glaciers has proven difficult in some regions. Just see for yourself in the pictures below! Thank you! The threads intertwine to form rivulets and the rivulets meld into flowages. The Richardson Highway was clear, we had no travel problems, and parking was also clear. Castner Glacier Ice Cave. Body or stream of ice moving outward and downslope from an area of accumulation; an area of relatively permanent snow or ice on the top or side of a mountain or mountainous area. The summer of 2017 started with yet another long drive from Utah to Alaska. It was mind blowing at how beautiful the inside of the glacier was, beauty frozen in time. Be prepared to share on weekends or holidays. glacier advances by redistributing existing glacier ice over a larger area rather than by increased accumulation. later that winter, a maple tree fell just grazing my shed. Last year a friend of mine posted some amazing pictures from a day trip she had made to Castner glacier. Hi Ian, The Castner Glacier is an easily accessible glacier toe in the Delta Mountains of the Alaska Range. Ang Castner Glacier nahimutang sa kondado sa Southeast Fairbanks Census Area ug estado sa Alaska, sa amihanan-kasadpang bahin sa nasod, 5,200 km sa kasadpan sa ulohang dakbayan Washington, D.C. 1,002 metros ibabaw sa dagat kahaboga ang nahimutangan sa Castner Glacier.. Ang yuta palibot sa Castner Glacier kay … The valley floor coerces the flowages into a stream which flows to the ocean. Exploring deep inside an Ice Cave within Castner Glacier, Alaska, where no humans have ventured yet this season. Head up either the north or south side of the creek. Although modest in elevation, relief is significant since the mountain rises from tidewater at Unakwik Inlet and College Fjord of Prince … Peggy Blood. Just see for yourself in the pictures below! Castner Glacier sits right at the boundary of these two regions, and generally gets the most use of anywhere in the range, making it one of the more reasonable options for a short hike in this beautiful mountain wilderness. The crazy part is… Castner Glacier is east of Devils Thumb. If you … Talk:Castner Glacier. The pictures of the flowers are, as always, gorgeous. Mount Castner is a 5,535-foot elevation glaciated summit located 44 mi west of Valdez in the Chugach Mountains of the U.S. state of Alaska, on land managed by Chugach National Forest. It seems to make expressions like “working at a glacial speed” seem less appropriate. What natural phenomenons have you seen alter the landscape in a short period? Donnelly Dome I've lived in Alaska since 1993 and was not even aware this glacier exists. Contact Info: It is incredible to consider that the hundreds of gallons of water which flow by each minute are created by the collection of millions of water drops. Popularized by the guidebook Outside in the Interior and many recent social media posts of the ice caves, the route to the Castner Glacier has become a well-traveled trail in winter. I’ve added my parents for reference size Extreme melting and degradation of the ice cave have occurred! 2009, Pewe and Reger 1991 ) – from my reading it seems the methods and results have quite a few different answers to the same questions. The rate at which the glacier is disappearing seems improbable to me. The off-trail route climbs Castner to the Silvertip Icefield and, despite being almost entirely on the glacier, does not require crampons, ice axes, or ropes. Don’t worry, plenty more entries to come, “goodbye” was just a reflection on the melting glacier 🙂. My trip to the Castner Glacier was unexpected and short, but provided an interesting perspective on something I had yet to witness in person. Thank you for the fun & informative lesson on glaciers. So those parts of my landscape are gone and it all happened within one season! I also think of Hurricane Sandy that has altered so much of the Southern New Jersey coastline, which we toured some this past weekend. The parking spot …  What an astounding thing to consider the power of just one water drop! It’s amazing how fast one storm can change it all. The drop becomes a trickle which form a thin, persistent thread of water. The hike to the glacier’s face follows Castner Creek; the creek is fast-flowing, brown, and fed by the melting glacier. Ian, my own backyard has had its share of natural phenomenon that have changed the skyline. In some places, there are large banks of sand, creating barriers right in the middle of the beach where there was just flatness. The large ice chunks in front of the ice cave have completely melted in the 08/24 photo. Waves have carved out grassy land masses which abutted the beach, & trees have either had their roots exposed or have been totally uprooted. At this rate of melting, the Castner Glacier, like many of its neighbors, could disappear within 50 years. heads on White Princess, trends NW and SW to its 1934 terminus at head of Castner Creek, 27 mi. Castner Glacier Trail This unimproved road is located at mile 217.3 on the north side of Castner Creek. Pushing our way out of the drainage to stay dry, we followed a gentle moraine to the top of the northern terminus of the Castner. The Castner Glacier was the location. “Delta River Area, Alaska Range10.”Quaternary Geology and Permafrost Along the Richardson and Glen Highways Between Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska: Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska July 1-7, 1989 (1983): 25-38. Suba sa yelo ang Castner Glacier sa Tinipong Bansa. Photographed just 4 months before the photograph before. The glacier is located on BLM land (Bureau of Land Management). Part 1—Background and History Introduction Alaska, with an area of 1,530,693 km 2, is the northernmost and western-most of the 50 United States. Thanks again for your posts. Less than 2 months later, another larger storm (30″ of snow) knokced the rest of the tree down narrowly missing my neighbor’d roof. Directions: This unimproved road is located at mile 217.3 on the north side of Castner Creek. It’s not your stereotypical blue glacier calving into a big lake or the ocean, but rather a gritty valley glacier covered in rock, mud, and even flowery meadows in places. However, there are no signs and no maintained trail leading to the glacier. It’s incredible how fast the beaches around Saco have been going away!! Here, in the interior, we just ended the fourth longest cold snap in history where we had 35 days … Posts about Castner Glacier written by justrollingby. The road ends after 1/2 mile, turning into an unimproved foot path heading up the side of Castner Creek. It’s incredible to reflect on the extreme weather that continues to occur. It is situated at the head of Ranney Glacier and Dartmouth Glacier. I hope you enjoy! Trip location: Castner Glacier Access: Castner Creek Bridge on the Richardson Highway, 217 Mile Trip date: Sept. 2 to 4 ). Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Before running into the Alaska Range to test out new ski bindings and skins, Greg, who is quite a curler, invited me on Thursday night to run to a ski area that is only open on weekends, skin up, ski down, and run back to Fairbanks before dark (7:00 PM! Castner Glacier is a glacier in Alaska and has an elevation of 3287 feet. The Castner Glacier Trail begins at Castner Creek near Paxson, Alaska. Reger, Richard D., and Troy L. Péwé. Thanks for reading everyone! Your email address will not be published. The hike to the glacier’s face follows Castner Creek; the creek is fast-flowing, brown, and fed by the melting glacier. Anyway, effects of tropical storms & hurricanes have drastically altered our shoreline here in Saco, Maine. they do not necessarily expand just because of an ice age) (Pewe and Reger 1983) and there are many methods (e.g. This goes on for 6-7 miles.  The cave shown was photographed just 4 months ago! Need to have expert knowledge in off-roading in snow and ice conditions. Nearing the glacier, we saw some overflow on the surface. Shedding just one drop of water at a time glaciers containing enough water to change ocean levels can melt and disappear. Route Description: Castner Glacier is the simplest glacier to reach coming from Fairbanks, and for the past several years it’s been the easiest place to find an ice cave as well. The day I set out on this expedition, the wind chill was -35F. the terminal moraine) is rapidly melting due to summer temperatures and record levels of summer rain this season. Exploring deep inside an Ice Cave within Castner Glacier, Alaska, where no humans have ventured yet this season. What a change in 4 months! 2/10/2020 0 Comments It's February in Alaska, and we've learned that can mean some pretty unpredictable weather conditions. 12 miles long. This sub is about finding beauty in the the world around us, from the simple and ordinary to the … The large ice chunks in front of the ice cave have completely melted in the 08/24 photo. It’s especially noticeable when you live with ‘it’ (i.e. “Holocene glacier fluctuations in Alaska.” Quaternary Science Reviews 28.21 (2009): 2034-2048. Castner Glacier 04/14/14. The Castner Glacier is losing ice mass rapidly, literally collapsing in on itself, and much of the central glacier has become a deep trench with water flowing between icy, muddy banks. Travel upon the glacier is not recommended. Not many people get an opportunity to explore the insides of a glacier, from beginning to end, I thought you might like to join along for the adventure, filmed through the lens of my iPhone Xs. This function has been disabled for Ian A Johnson : Life, Wildlife, Wild-life. Castner Glacier . The glaciers of Alaska have been around for a thousands of years. Most of the tongue of the Castner is debris-covered, very bumpy, and partially vegetated. Barclay, David J., Gregory C. Wiles, and Parker E. Calkin. Castner Glacier desde Mapcarta, el mapa libre. It may have been 1/2 mile before but the glacier has since receded and it … A 1/2 mile hike leads you to the Castner Glacier. Péwé, Troy L., and Richard D. Reger. The road ends after 1/2 mile, turning into an unimproved foot path heading up the side of Castner Creek. The large chunks of ice which ‘calved’ from the glaciers front have melted, and the ice cave is very reduced. the hurrcane breached the dunes and wiped out over 40 homes in Ortney, NJ. South of Delta Junction, Alaska, Castner Glacier is a rapidly receding glacier, and has changed dramatically since my last time here this spring. Jump to navigation Jump to search. When it was first finished in 1964, the Thayer Hut was only 100 feet above ice level; now, it’s 400.  Flowers are finishing the blooming and purples, yellows, and whites have given way to wispy seed-heads to be carried away by a persistent breeze. The shrinking Castner is literally collapsing in on itself; much of the central glacier has become a deep, meltwater-filled trench. The glacier is constantly collapsing on itself; its end (i.e. WikiProject Alaska (Rated Stub-class, Low-importance) This article is within the scope of WikiProject Alaska, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of the U.S. state of Alaska on Wikipedia. I eventually hit an underground river that I could not pass, but you can hear a powerful underground waterfall in the distance. 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