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Ice, Ice, Baby
Touring the South Sawyer Glacier by boat along the Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska
Touring the South Sawyer Glacier by boat along the Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska
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Space may be the final frontier, but Alaska's nickname is "The Last Frontier." I guess "The Really, Really Cold State" was already taken.

Alaska is the largest state by area, but only ranks 47th in population. That's a whole lot of empty space just waiting for adventure-minded travelers. While Alaskan Cruises are popular and combine breathtaking sights with lectures and presentations from naturalists, there's a cooler way to visit Alaska. A much, much cooler way.

As the northernmost state, Alaska has something other states don't: Glaciers. A number of companies offer guided glacier climbing treks and hikes that take you into glacial crevasses and to high points on these rivers of ice that literally move at a glacial pace. While on your hike, the guides will explain how glaciers work, how they impact the geography and geology of the area, and how climate change is impacting not only the glaciers, but the communities that surround them. Glacier tour companies have hikes that almost anyone can do, but if you want even more adventure, you can try ice climbing on a glacier. Using picks, crampons and safety lines, you can climb up vertical walls of ice, just like you might climb a rock wall.


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