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Mount Fairweather
From left to right: Mount Lodge (10,530 feet), Mount Watson (12,516 feet), Mount Root (12,860 feet) and Mount Fairweather (15,300 feet) tower above Alsek Lake in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. July 2006.

The Alsek Glacier (left) and north terminus of the Grand Plateau Glacier (right) were connected as recently as the early 1980's. Glacial recession has caused these glaciers to separate.

For a different perspective of Mount Fairweather taken within minutes of this photo, please see my other image here.

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cgrishanice

cgrisha

Voted 10/10

really nice place
Posted Nov 17, 2006 6:52 pm

swm88erUnbelievable

swm88er

Voted 10/10

Great Shot, this has to be photo of the week.
Posted Nov 17, 2006 7:40 pm

flowreally...

flow

Voted 10/10

...a great picture!!!
Posted Nov 17, 2006 9:49 pm

VelebitAmazing and sad

Velebit

Voted 10/10

Great shot of amazing place! So sad to see the reminders of global warming :-(
Posted Nov 18, 2006 12:22 am

tuntunCongratulation

tuntun

Voted 10/10

For Photo of the Day..
Great and beautiful photo.
Tun
Posted Nov 18, 2006 10:54 am

Casey BatesRe: Congratulation

Casey Bates

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Tun-
Thanks for viewing many of my photos!
Posted Nov 20, 2006 6:27 am

MountaingirlBClonely place

MountaingirlBC

Voted 10/10

now there's a mountain that doesn't get a lot of visitors!
Posted Nov 18, 2006 7:51 pm

Casey BatesRe: lonely place

Casey Bates

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I have not heard much about climbing in that area, have you?
Posted Nov 21, 2006 7:43 am

MountaingirlBCRe: lonely place

MountaingirlBC

Voted 10/10

Just that it's extremely remote, the approach is long and arduous and the weather rarely cooperates. I believe there is a BC Mountaineering Club trip in the organizing stages for next year.
Posted Nov 28, 2006 11:43 pm

23northGreat Picture!

23north

Voted 10/10

I really like the viewpoint of this picture.
Posted Dec 7, 2006 2:54 pm

Casey BatesThanks!

Casey Bates

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The photo was taken from a cessna 207, about five minutes into the flight...Unfortunately, I don't know the altitude.
Posted Dec 8, 2006 6:18 pm

venusVery beautiful

venus

Voted 10/10

Great compo and photo...
Posted Jan 20, 2007 7:50 pm

MtnGuideGlacial Separation

MtnGuide

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I rafted this river in 1976, and these 2 glaciers were so jammed into Alsek Lake that the icebergs were stacked up on top of each other. The river pushed its way under the iceberg jams, creating dangerous sucking eddies, and preventing navigation downstream. We had to race over to the edge of the channel, tow our boats back upstream, and carry them in several trips down the dry channel on the right, along the base of the Brabazon Range, to where the river re-emerged from under the ice jam at the mouth of the Grand Plateau Glacier. That dry channel was probably in the foreground under your plane's belly, just this side of the green mountain on the bottom margin of the photo. We had to haul the boats half a mile, then go back and get our packs and haul them. Amazing.
Posted Feb 28, 2007 1:00 pm

Casey BatesRe: Glacial Separation

Casey Bates

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MtnGuide that sounds amazing! Thanks for your comment. They now refer to that area as the "Channel fo Death" if conditions are as you describe, but it was pretty mellow when I visited as the winds had not pushed any icebergs in that direction. It looks like that area is changing quite rapidly, as with may other areas in the world, because of the warming climate.
Posted Mar 3, 2007 2:55 pm

MtnGuideRe: Glacial Separation

MtnGuide

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My theory is that the channel is dry because of tilt-block uplift of the Brabazon Range. Perhaps a fault along the range's base, like along the eastern Sierra. It could even have been lifted suddenly, as by the Good Friday Earthquake of 1964. It is well-documented that that temblor (trembler) triggered avalanches over the next ridges to the South which displaced most of the water in Lituya Bay's cup-shaped basin, into a tidal wave, which lifted several fishing boats and crashed them into the ground. That's at the base of Mt. Fairweather, to the West of that glacier. I'd like to find out if anyone has bothered to climb peaks in the Brabazon Range, other than goat and bear hunters. Easier and more realistic than those monster St. Elias Range peaks. Have you heard of any recorded climbs there?
Posted Mar 19, 2007 8:08 am

rgb2Great photo!

Voted 10/10

I hope you don't object if I attach this photo to the Coast Mountains area/range page I am working on.
Posted Sep 9, 2010 1:49 am

Casey BatesRe: Great photo!

Casey Bates

Hasn't voted

Thanks a ton!
Posted Sep 18, 2010 10:10 am

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Casey BatesSubmitted by Casey Bates
on Nov 17, 2006 6:33 pm

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Object Title: Mount Fairweather

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