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Bridge Peak and Glacier from Tuber Hill # 18701

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Date: 2019.08.06
Vantage Point: From the summit of Tuber Hill, looking southwest

Caption: The grand outlet of the Lillooet Icefield that is the Bridge Glacier. Bridge Peak is the highest summit visible.

PhotoDescr: Taken on the third day of a 6 day trip to the Slim Creek Headwaters. Out long traverse to the SW was rewarded with a view from the top of Tuber Hill to the Bridge Glacier, and its sizable proglacial lake.

The Bridge Glacier has been the site of a fair amount of glaciology research, and for good reason considering the degree it has retreated in the past few years. Compare the condition of the glacier just 5 years previously. It appears once the terminus was floated on top of the water a large portion of the glacier broke off and melted. A similar process happened to the Bishop Glacier on the other side of the icefield when looking back at old satellite photos.

Bridge Peak guards the head of the glacier with Stanley Peak, out of the view to the right. The other side of Pier, Truss, and Bridge actually drop quite steeply into the Lillooet River Valley.

A good summary of the glacier's behavior can be found here. And this paper includes a good photo indicating the glacier may retreat more slowly now that it has reached the likely end of the lake basin.

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