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The Three Tongues of Horseshoe Glacier # 5686

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Date: 2004.08.29
Vantage Point: From Monica Meadows Trail

Caption: The 3 impressive tongues of the apty named Horseshoe Glacier and the polished slabs left by retreat. There is old logging that goes up from Glacier Creek FSR near the bottom of the valley below here, but after that there would most likely be some brutal bushwacking but the distance is short. Someday I want to attempt to get up below those tongues in a safe spot.

PhotoDescr: The Horseshoe Glacier occupies a huge horseshoe shaped basin between Ochre, Squabble, Tranquility, Quibble, and Toad Peaks. Measuring the glacier from the tongues to the back of the basin on govt maps and TRIM is approximately 1.9km long and 1.6km wide, making it a big chunk of ice for these parts. The center tongue drops into a perfectly horseshoe shaped slope and the chunks break off and fall in quite a uniform fashion. I also spent as much time as possible studying it with my binoculars as I seem to have a thing for glaciers these days.

Cloud cover and rain was the story of our holiday in BC this summer and although I have a picture which shows more of the glacial basin and the peaks behind it, this is about as good as it got for the most part, and this picture gives a closer view of the tongues. It was however a little dark and colorless due to the weather.

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