SAINT-ELIAS WRANGELL ICE FIELD
Shared between Alaska and Canada, St Elias Wrangell Mountains Range ice field is the largest non-polar glacier in the world with a total of 31.700 square kilometers and up to 1 kilometer thickness. Registered as UNESCO World Heritage and International Biosphere Reserve, it nourishes many valley glaciers that drain down both sides of the range. Plate tectonics are responsible for the uplift of the mountain ranges that cross the ice field. Its extreme high point is Mount St. Elias at 5,489 m, the second tallest mountain in both the United States and Canada.
Rich and diverse
he animal life is quite rich in the area including black bears, wolves, brown bears, and caribou. Mountain goats and Dall sheep are found in mountainous areas. Many different species of fish and bird are also present in the region.
Sailing and rafting
To take advantage of the numerous wide ski corridors the glacier provides, the adventurers will use a sail that will allow them to progress faster. They are also carrying 2 light rafts in order to paddle down the Copper river and reach pick-up point.