The Athabasca Glacier is nowhere near as large as the Salmon Glacier, but it has the distinction of being one of the world’s most accessible glaciers. For $50 you can ride a giant snowcat out onto the ice. You can also walk, of course. But the park service does everything they can to discourage it. There are warning signs and morbid drawings of frigid children trapped in crevasses. Better to pay the $50 and be safe, right? Bullshit, I say.
Glacier travel is not without its perils, frigid meltwater, shifting ice and hidden crevasses, to name a few, but any glacier stable enough to handle a hundred buses driving on it a day is probably solid enough for foot travel.
A hundred buses a day? Yeah, you read that right. In the height of summer tourist season more than 5,000 people a day travel by bus up onto the…
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