This is a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course headed up the headwall on the East Fork of the Matanuska Glacier. This photo was taken in mid-July and this course is passing through the 8000′ mark. I had just landed and cached their groceries at the 10,000′ elevation. It’s best to dig a big whole in the snow and burry the groceries, because you would be surprised how high a raven will fly to get free food. The ravens will spread granola, and powdered potatoes all over mountain. It’s also important to GPS the cache, because in these extreme locations it is not uncommon for massive storms to blow in and bury everything above 7000′ elevation. I lost a cache one time. The climbers had marked it with a 5′ probe, but it was gone in a matter of hours. I lost it in May but was able to recover it in August when the snow-pack finally melted down so I could see it. Landing in the high glacier country during summer is really unique. On a clear day like this you could get a good sun burn in less than an hour.