'Juneau Icefield and wilderness Canada' talk
I was the university expeditions advisor for the Royal Geographical Society when I got tired of hearing of others’ adventures and realised I needed one of my own. Join me as I head for the wilderness of northern Canada to explore the Juneau Icefield on the Canada/Alaska border, in an area accessible only by float plane and boat, at the headwaters of the Yukon River. But the quest for wilderness did not always go smoothly and Plan A was thwarted by a fast river and bad maths....
Using striking images I will share the stunning glacial architecture I encountered, and the difficulties of travelling in remote areas, threatened by bears and crevasses. En route, travelling along the Alaska Highway and detouring into small settlements and ghost towns allowed me to meet gold panners and a variety of interesting characters. I came away having had my adventure but also having gained an appreciation of a remote Canadian way of life. As a trained geologist I also have a keen eye for landscape interpretation and will share my insights from a fascinating part of the world.
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