Matanuska Glacier puddle depth demonstration.
Matanuska Glacier puddle depth demonstration.

If you’ve ever wondered why its good idea to hire a tour guide when in exploring a glacier, this video will show you why its money well spent. Check out this video from Matanuska Glacier in Alaska of a local guide showing his clients how deep a seemingly innocent looking puddle can be. The Matanuska is a highly active glacier which can advance one foot per day. The shifting ice can create water filled voids that with depths far greater than you might think.

As far as giving clients a sobering reminder of how you earn your keep as a tour guide, this guy has an ace in his sleeve that I’m sure he pulls out every trip. Here’s another:

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