Brady Glacier Southeast
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The Brady Glacier is an icefield. An icefield is an extensive sheet of ice. The key word here is â€˜sheetâ€™. If you think of alpine and valley glaciers as being frozen waterfalls and rivers of ice then you would think of an icefield as being an upside down diner plate of ice. There is a large portion of an icefield that is closer to flat than it is to being â€˜mountainousâ€™. They are not really flat, but they get close. And youâ€™ll see this in the photos: often the horizon doesnâ€™t look â€˜straightâ€™. Itâ€™s not that the photo is crooked! Itâ€™s the gently sloping icefield sloping off toward the ocean.
Some of the ice in an icefield comes from valley glaciers; some comes from accumulated snow falling on the icefield itself. The south end of the Brady icefield reaches almost to the ocean but the high center portion of the â€˜diner plateâ€™ is about 800 meters elevation.
Although the Brady Glacier is huge, it is not easy to get to. There are no roads, no airports. Helicopters are not allowed in wilderness areas, small planes with skis can land on the glaciers but these are very expensive to charter. So we used the route that went by â€˜