Earlier this month, Ice911 Founder Leslie and her son Greg hiked 42 miles over mountains, along narrow ledges, and steep waterfalls, and rafted 9 miles through rapids, to experience Glacier National Park, in the company of 22 dedicated Climate Hikers and 5 excellent Guides.
It was awesome, beautiful, challenging and fun.
The conversations on the trail and around the campfire were deep, passionate, and lively, the learning about the park was detailed and fascinating, the views were breath-taking, the flowers and animal sightings amazing, (Bighorn sheep ruled the trail! Grizzly families played with each other like heavyweight wrestlers. And so much more - donors to our hike will soon receive links to some fun videos and photos!)
There was also bad news, as we'd feared. Grinnell Glacier, above, has melted to form a lake, and the remaining ice/snow has shrunk so much that during the week we were on the Climate Hike, Grinnell was reclassified from a glacierto a snow field. By 2030, it is predicted that all the glaciers in Glacier NP will be gone.
And - our crucial work at Ice911 to preserve Arctic ice and conserve and cool water in California has kept accelerating while we are filled with increased ambition and hope that our work will help make the future brighter.
What we saw and learned, and the connections we made, will help with the work and with knowing that we are part of a community that cares deeply about climate issues, a community that can and will work together to make things better.