I didn’t know I could do this until I did this. My first ever ice climb!! Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska—America’s largest National Park, one that left footprints on my heart.
Ice axe, crampons, helmet, a pro climber belaying me at the base of a 100-ft wall—all of the safety nets one needs for a basic climb like this one. Nonetheless, it slayed me! Really hard for someone who was always into sports requiring grenades for quads as opposed to stellar upper body strength. Even so, I devoured the experience. I punched my crampons into the wall, pulled myself up with the axe the best I could and I dove into a mental state. Ice climbing is intense—it’s just you on that wall, and an unwavering urge to press on and up...Just. Get. To. The. Top.
It was probably one of the most challenging experiences for me along the entire national parks quest—kicking off a 5-day tundra/moraine/glacier-hike/backpack that immediately followed that also kicked my butt (may have even cried somewhere on that one. ;) I learned a lot about my mental and physical strength on this leg is the trip. But all I really remember was Fun. Beauty. Adventure. #Excitement
Pic by @jonathan_irish
America’s 42nd National Park, @wrangellstenps
in Alaska, established by the @nationalparkservice
on December 2, 1980.
Stay tuned as @jonathan_irish
and I count down all 60 of the U.S. national parks in reverse order of establishment, sharing previously untold stories, photos, and video from our epic road trip through all of the U.S. National Parks while on assignment for @natgeo
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