Wednesday, 25 September 2013

What 12 years in a glacier does to a backpack

I really dislike the term “bomb-proof” to describe outdoor gear. But after seeing this, I’m wondering if “glacier-proof” will become the new marketing hype term.

The short story is that a man fell into a crevasse a dozen years ago on the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta. He was with only one friend, who went to get help. The people who came pulled the man out, but his pack stayed behind, and they weren’t about to risk their lives to salvage it. Fast forward a dozen years, and the man goes back to the area and finds his pack. It had been pushed down about 500 meters, emerging from the ice on a moraine.

Pretty astonishing to see what 12 years of being mangled by a relentless glacier does to the contents of a pack.

And an interview from CBC Radio.

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