I had a couple of 'must do things' on my list for this Alaska Fat Bike tour and riding out to the Knik Glacier was right up there at the top. Yesterday, Dan Bailey, his wife Amy, and myself braved the barren ice and a bit of early morning snow fall, to ride out, explore and photograph the glaciers.
The trail out is a collection of beach, frozen river, glacier moraine and overgrown bush, making it perfect for the go anywhere role of my Salsa Mukluk. I would say it took us a bit more than an hour of riding and falling to snake our way from the parking lot to the frozen lake that is the frozen Knik Glacier playground.
From what I understand, each year is different, depending on weather and how much ice breaks away from the glacier face. After riding around it was clear that some of these ice bergs have been here for quite a while. We spent our time riding, slipping, falling, laughing smiling and photographing this winter playground. Once again, one of the few things that I would have done differently on this trip is to have brought either 45Nrth Dillinger or Escalator tires as well as having drilled some machine screws into my 45Nrth boots.
The ice was definitely treacherous especially with virtually no snow cover to ride on. We all took major spills, with me having a spectacular backwards fall off my bike that I am still not quite sure how I managed . Dan, to his credit, managed the most number of ground falls that quite often involved getting air. Amy who took a hard early fall riding out to the glacier won the award for the worst or prettiest looking bruise. Even with all the pain involved, it was a spectacular ride and a highlight of my trip.
Below are a few pictures, with more over on Flickr.