quote:Originally posted by qwimjim
Sorry but what is the danger of travelling on a dry glacier? Perhaps I'm just not getting it. Obviously if you're in heavily crevassed, uneven terrain with seracs it's one thing. But if you travel across a relatively flat and featureless part of the glacier, all you have to do is avoid walking into a hole in the ground.. which is not terrible difficult.
I've walked across a fair amount of glaciers in the alps, in many cases there's even cairns to mark the way in poor visibility. Most people don't even use microspikes and just walk in hiking boots with trekking poles. If one were to encounter an impasse, then wouldn't you just turn around?
Not sure what you mean by a dry glacier? They are all melting and you just can`t see whats happening under the surface, with water flowing and holes. Its easy to avoid walking into a hole if its visible, but no so much if it is covered.
I personally know of a B.C. Parks Ranger who was walking across a glacier, which he was very familiar with, snow, and ended up falling into a hole, up to his armpits, buddy he was with had to help him get out of it.
On solid ice you would think it would be safer then on snow sections, but you have to be aware.
I`m always somewhat leary about crossing even snow fields,and you can hear water flowing under them, who knows how much of a top crust you have.
I have crossed a number of glacier solo, but I do realize what can happen.