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Friday, August 12, 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island by Robert Glenn Ketchum

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island by Robert Glenn Ketchum




To attempt some interesting kayak adventures, Carey and I needed a camp assistant, so Russell joined us to help.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Friday, August 12, 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #28
Glacier Bay #28:  
After our first rather exciting day at the Lamplugh Glacier, the next morning we moved to establish another camp in Johns Hopkins Inlet. It was a short paddle from our cove to round the point on the western shore, and enter the arm. Then the real work began. We needed to find an approachable terrace above the high tideline, that would provide freshwater, and offer enough tundra meadow to set up our tents. We paddle close to the wall where dozens of streams flow down, and when one is less than vertical, someone clambers ashore, and explores the terrain to see if it would support our camp. We do this numerous times with little success, but about 1/2 way down the inlet, we finally score a perch, and one with quite a view.

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Friday, August 5, 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #27
Glacier Bay #27:  
Russell was about 1/2-hour into his hike alongside the Lamplugh Glacier, and I left my camera on the ledge next to the glacier, to return to Carey and the camp to have some snacks. Sitting at the front our tent, we had a great view across the entire bay in front of the glacier, when suddenly we heard a loud cracking noise. To our amazement, it was not just an isolated pinnacle calving, the entire glacial face was collapsing. Carey, and I, quickly scrambled to the edge of our terrace to make sure our kayaks were okay, and once the ice face plunged into the water, the impact generated a perfectly shaped 10ft wave, that rolled around to corner of our cove, crashing onto our shoreline, and our kayaks. It did not damage to them, but it did float them off the beach. Fortunately they were tethered with long ropes, so they drifted out a bit as the water receded, but they were not swept away. This is the remnants of the collapse on our beach at low tide the next morning.

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Friday, July 29,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #26
Glacier Bay #26:  
Having previously scouted the process of using the park service catamaran to be dropped at one of the three locations from which to stage camping trips in Glacier Bay, I intended to do a 10-day kayak trip into Johns Hopkins Inlet, with my wife, Carey. and our friend, Russell Daggatt. Our starting point would be the drop beach at Ptarmigan Creek, the last stop for the catamaran. From there we paddled to a cove on the the side of the Lamplugh Glacier. The glacial face was over 100ft high, and actively calving, but the cove was off to the side, parallel to the face, and it had an elevated terrace well above the shoreline, where we pitched our tents. We were not in any danger of having ice fall on us, but a big calving might send out a wave that could possibly sweep the beach, so our tents were high enough to be above any such event. After setting up camp, and securing the kayaks, Russell wanted to hike up a trail alongside the glacier, and I found a ledge next to the glacial face where I set up my camera to see if something might happen. Be careful what you wish for!

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Friday, July 22,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #25
Glacier Bay #25:  
Russell was totally excited by the proposal to come help Carey, and I, all summer in Alaska, so we advised him about clothing and gear, and got ourselves all set up. My Aperture book, "The Tongass: Alaska’s Vanishing Rainforest” had already been published, so there was no further work to be done, and this coming summer visit was going be dedicated to just enjoying places in the state we had not yet explored. It would be a good time to be had by all.

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Friday, July 15,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #24
Glacier Bay #24:  
My wife, Carey, and I, had a good deal of kayak experience, and yet to really make this trip work for me, I would need a fit assistant. Our neighbor, and friend, in Manhattan Beach, Russell Daggatt, was the perfect choice. He was fit, a good athlete, and he wanted to see Alaska, as he had never been there before. So, we all went out to dinner, and I laid out my plans. He would come with us for most of the summer, and the first kayak camping we would do, would be to go into Tracy Arm, a deep fjord in the Tongass rainforest for 10-days. Following that, we would visit some friends in Port Protection, and from there we would fly to Gustavus, prepare our gear, and rent our kayaks, launching on the park service catamaran the next day, also a 10-day trip.

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Friday, July 8,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #23
Glacier Bay #23:  
On a stellar catamaran cruise back to Bartlet Cove, I was pondering the beauty of the alpine glow in the late light on the surrounding summits, and considering all that I had learned on my previous tours. I now knew the routine of the three available drop off points, and what access each of them offered. I knew how to get the kayaks we could use, and I was clear that I wanted to put off at Ptarmigan Creek, the last drop point, and kayak into Johns Hopkins Inlet.

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Friday, July 1,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #22
Glacier Bay #22:  
Passengers aboard the park service catamaran have now been out most of the day. There has been lots of visits to glacial faces to watch calving. We followed roaming bears along the beaches, and we have watched mountain goats grazing in vertical terrain. Birds, and bird rookeries, are everywhere, so we have passed by a lot of them as well. Now, as the sun is beginning to set, it is time to head back to the park service headquarters in Gustavus. This will be a direct run with no further stops, but the views are still fantastic, and at this end of Glacier Bay, we are still surrounded by some considerable summits that are now glowing with late light. Being aboard the all-day catamaran tour of Glacier Bay is one of the best day trips in all of Alaska.

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Friday, June 24,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #21
Glacier Bay #21:  
The park service catamaran does not go to far into Johns Hopkins Inlet as there is so much ice, but it does linger for awhile so the passengers can enjoy the beauty of this fjord. There are numerous summits, almost all of which host glaciers, and at the lower elevations, nearest the waterline, there are granite terraces and benches, and many streams. Onboard are several park rangers on every trip to answer questions, and so I ask one about camping in the arm, and I am told it is very doable, and actually a relatively short kayak paddle from the Ptarmigan Creek drop off point. This was a camping trip that I totally wanted to do.

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Friday, June 17,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #20
Glacier Bay #20:  
The national park service catamaran’s last hiker/kayaker drop off occurs at Ptarmigan Creek, a gravel-covered beach deep into Glacier Bay. After all the gear and people are offloaded, the catamaran goes a short distance further and enters a dramatic fjord called Johns Hopkins Inlet. It is a long arm choked with ice and it terminates with a pyramidal mountain which has spawned a broad glacier that descends to the waterline. In fact, the entire inlet is encircled by some impressive summits, and numerous glaciers.

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Friday, June 10,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #19
Glacier Bay #19:  
Unless you enter Glacier Bay with your own boat, there is no way to access this part of the park unless you enjoy the park service’s all-day catamaran tour. Always worth the ride, and never a dull moment.

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Friday, June 3,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #18
Glacier Bay #18:  
The deeper into Glacier Bay you go, as you travel on the park service’s catamaran, the taller the summits become.

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Friday, May 27,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #17
Glacier Bay #17:  
11,000ft. summits disappearing, and reappearing, as the clouds stream through.

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Friday, May 20,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #16
Glacier Bay #16:  
As I mentioned in an early post to this blog, being on the national park service’s catamaran offers up some breathtaking “reveals.” Our boat will be paralleling a big face that suddenly ends, and gives way to a deep bay. In this case, as we emerge from behind a 9,000ft. wall, the bay reveals an 11,000ft. summit generating glaciers on two sides that merge together at tidewater, and are actively calving, filling the bay with sizable icebergs.

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Friday, May 13,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #15
Glacier Bay #15:  
Not all summits are snow-covered, or generating glaciers. This one is just a truly massive granite dome. Mind-bogglingly sheer, this wall of rock rises above 10,000ft. and is nearly a mile wide at its base. There are probably mountain goats up there somewhere.

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Friday, May 6,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #14
Glacier Bay #14:  
As the national park service’s catamaran navigates deeper into Glacier Bay, the surrounding mountains get considerably higher, and numerous glaciers descend to the tidewater. In this image I am looking up at an 11,000ft+ summit, that has spun off a huge glacier whose face is just several hundred yards from our passing boat. It appears that the winds are howling at the higher elevations, because they are generating clouds streaming off the backside of this peak.

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Friday, April 29,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #13
Glacier Bay #13:  
Another pleasure of touring Glacier Bay on the park service’s catamaran, is that as it motors along, passing bays, and fjords, it offers up some spectacular “reveals” of the surrounding landscape, like this one. The foreground to the right is a huge, ice free, granite dome, but as we come around the corner of it, we encounter a bay encircled by 11,000ft. summits, all feeding into a glacier that has descended to tidewater.

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Friday, April 22,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #12
Glacier Bay #12:  
Deeper into Glacier Bay where the mountains rise to thousands of feet, the weather not only streams over and through them, but it causes some very dramatic now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t views. Here a wind driven fog swirls around a granite dome, and backs up against the mountain behind. Within minutes the mountain could longer be seen.

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Friday, April 15,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #11
Glacier Bay #11:  
Because the mouth of Glacier Bay opens to a straight that leads almost immediately to the Pacific Ocean, the bay is constantly swept by weather. Of the many day trips that I made on the park service’s catamaran, almost all of them provided an all day sky show. Streaming clouds, banks of fog, rain, and rainbows, offered numerous weather spectacles as the catamaran made its rounds.

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Friday, April 8,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #10
Glacier Bay #10:  
Many times the weather passing through Glacier Bay is driven by winds, and the clouds literally flow over, and around, the encircling mountains. Here these clouds are coming from the mouth of the bay, to the right, and they are being driven by a fairly strong wind, so you can see them streaming off the backside of the peak to the left. It is an amazing spectacle to watch.

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Friday, April 1,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #9
Glacier Bay #9:  
Except for an occasional clear day, Glacier Bay is a weather show. It is a huge, cold body of water encircled but summits, many of which exceed 12,000ft. While it may not rain, there is a rather constant skyshow, and sometimes a good bit of water level fog as well.

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Friday, March 25,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #8
Glacier Bay #8:  
On the park service’s catamaran tour around Glacier Bay, this was a very dramatic stop that lasted about 2hrs. Above this sheer rock wall, there were verdant meadows where many nanny mountain goats were grazing with their young ones, but below them a big male was navigating some very marginal ledges. When he got to this big crack, he attempted to jump across, but failed and fell into it. Time after time, he tried to crawl out, but just kept falling back in. Most of us aboard who were watching this, thought that we were going to witness a very tragic event. However, if you look closely here you can see his white body nearly at the top of the crack. That is the farthest up he had been able to climb, and with a few more deft moves, he finally walked out onto the ledges to the right.

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Friday, March 18,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #7
Glacier Bay #7:  
When I said seagulls occupy every nook, cranny, and ledge on the vertical wall, I was not kidding, as you can see. Some nest, some just rest, and many adults who have been fishing, are feeding their immature offspring. As big as the passing catamaran is, the birds seem to barely notice its presence because it passes by everyday.

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Friday, March 11,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #6
Glacier Bay #6:  
This is a typical cliffside rookery. As you can see, seagulls are everywhere, on the ice, in the water, in the air, and all over the ledges on the rock wall. The park service catamaran cruises locations like this slowly so guests can observe and take pictures, and so the bird are not disturbed and fly off. Because this happens everyday, the birds know the passing boat and passengers are no threat to them, just curious voyeurs.

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Friday, March 4,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #5
Glacier Bay #5:  
In Glacier Bay, birds abound. The bay is an abundant food source for them, and the steep granite walls provide ledges and nooks where nests can be established without threats from four-legged predators. Of the many bird species, seagulls are the most prevalent, and they love to fly behind the park service catamaran because it churns up the water and brings small fish nearer to the surface.

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Friday, February 25,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #4
Glacier Bay #4:  
I have toured Glacier Bay a dozen times, but always by using the all-day catamaran cruise offered by the National Park Service. From those excursions I gleaned the necessary information to organize our proposed 10-day kayaking trip, but I am going to post many pictures over the next few weeks that were made during cruises on the catamaran. The catamaran departs every morning from Bartlet Cove where the park services has headquarters, and also provides food, and lodging for park visitors. The cruise follows the shoreline around the bay, stopping to watch various animals, and calving glaciers. It also stops at three specific places to drop off, and pick up, backpackers, and kayakers. The bay teems with wildlife as you can see here, with sea lions bedecking the rock, and gulls clustered on the open water.

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Friday, February 18,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #3
Glacier Bay #3:  
Much of the food consumed in Port Protection, population of 48, was shared fresh catch, or deer kill. One night we had a fabulous venison stew, on another, halibut, and on this night we will have Dungeness crab. On a nice sunny day, Carey, and Ed (above), Russell, and I, as well as Ed’s partner, are headed out to his crab pot locations to see what we might have for dinner. Yum, as usual!

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Friday, February 11,
 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #2
Glacier Bay #2:  
In the summer that our friend, Russel Daggatt, joined Carey, and I, for some adventures in the Tongass, the first thing we did was a 10-day Kayak trip into Tracey Arm. To recover from that, we thought Russell would enjoy the community of Port Protection, and meeting our friend, Ed Mura, who was the mayor, so we flew from Juneau to Port P (above). The three of us camped on Ed’s living room floor for 3-days, while we gorged on local delicacies, and prepared our gear for our next adventure, another 10-day kayaking trip, this time in Glacier Bay.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

An Alaskan Summer with Russell Daggatt, Kayaking, and Camping Adventures in Glacier Bay, and Hiking on Kruzof Island #1
Glacier Bay #1:  
While working on the Tongass rainforest commission, Carey, and I, became aware of some other significant adventures to be had in southeast Alaska, but as they were unrelated to the logging issues, we passed on them for the time being to concentrate on our project at-hand. After Aperture published, "The Tongass: Alaska’s Vanishing Rain Forest,” however, we felt free to explore wherever we wanted. Since several trips were to be kayaking, and I was still shooting pictures with lots of related equipment, we needed a camp/schlep assistant, so we asked a friend that lived near us in Manhattan Beach, Russell Daggatt, if he would like to join us. Russell was extremely bright, and he had “retired” from his first corporate venture relatively wealthy, before he was 30, so he had the time. He also kept himself very fit, and was totally up for some Alaskan adventures, as had never been there before. Our first shot was a 10-day kayaking trip into Tracy Arm fjord, which has previously been featured in these blogs.  It was an amazing adventure, so check it out if you did not see it when it was originally posted.

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