Norm and Gordon on the lower Kahiltna Glacier. We each started with about 120 lbs of gear, which is much more than can be carried in a backpack, so half our gear was towed behind us on toboggans.
Down here the surface of the glacier is quite featureless and its immense scale is difficult to grasp. It's actually a couple of miles wide and dozens of miles long. One walks for hours and hours without the mountains in the background seeming to get any closer or further away.