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Our Journey on Scolamanzi II
Our Journey on Scolamanzi II

Dawes Glazier – Endicott Arm:

 

 

 

Dawes Glazier

Dawes Glazier

20th May 2016

As we were making our way to Endicott Arm in still cloudless weather, we were all agree that we probably saw the highlight yesterday. If Dawes Glazier wants to top that, it better be good.  The beautiful teal green waterway was snaking through the cliffs – not nearly as high as the ones at Tracy’s arm and not a nearly as many icebergs either. It made for faster travelling at least.

As we went around the last bend, Dawes Glazier came into sight with a massive cruise ship, Norwegian Sun, in front of the ice wall. It dwarfed this massive ship. That gave us a perspective of the size of these glaciers. It left us gobsmacked. She was leaving as we approached the glacier. For a moment we thought we had the bay to ourselves, but then we noticed a second smaller cruise ship also dwarfed by the glacier. Fortunately, they were also leaving so we had the whole spectacle to ourselves for the whole day. Fantastic.

Johann remarked it was wonderful to see nature at work. We can see how things evolved 30 000 years ago when the ice age sculptured the landscape into what we see today. High rounded mountains, glacier calved valleys and winding deep fiords that filled with seawater as the snow melted.

Dawes Glazier is a huge river of ice flowing down from the snow fields. The blue translucent peaks are absolutely   beautiful. Whenever a piece brakes off, it leaves and even deeper blue scar in the face of the giant.

It is amazing to see how much and how quickly it is losing chunks of ice into the water. We were watching it in anticipation for the next calving. Some were huge house size blocks of ice falling into the water, causing huge swells to reach us about half a mile away.  All the while we could hear the creaks and growls as the glacier moved.

 

We all took turns to go out on the tender to see it from close up. We had to negotiate fields of bergy bits to get closer. Totally awe inspiring. It is amazing how many birds were around right at the face of the glazier. Birds and seals have the found themselves the best ringside seats to watch the slow death of this majestic thousands year old goliath.

We spent hours just gazing at the surroundings, playing with the drone to get some great shots of the glacier and Scolamanzi and using the tender to see it up closer.

It was with a heavy heart that we left to make high water slack to enable us to get inside Ford’s Terror where we planned to anchor for the night.

On leaving we all agreed that Dawes Glacier did top Tracey Arm.

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