Hiking Trip to Stutfield Glacier
This post was first published on May 12, 2015 on one of my older blogs. Decided to repost it here at Her Little Guilty Pleasures due to reasons that I mentioned in this post.
Cuba kira berapa kali saya sebut Stutfield Glacier for the past few posts. Haha! Excited sangat sampai asyik-asyik sebut pasal Stutfield Glacier. Alhamdulillah, berpeluang untuk sertai Staff Activity to Stutfield Glacier hari Sabtu hari tu. Thanks to James for not cancelling my days off :p
Stutfield Glacier ni terletak dekat Icefields Parkway macam Tangle Creek Falls juga. It took us 1 and half hour untuk sampai ke starting point of the hike sebab Stutfield Glacier ni 95 km daripada Town of Jasper. As mentioned in the title, this was a hiking trip. However, I'm no hiker! Bukan hiker, tapi teringin punya pasal, pergi jugalah. As expected from a beginner hiker, I fell down few times, almost broke my ankle, injured my hands and got bruises all over my body.
The hike was 12 km hike one way. So yeah, I walked 24 km just for this hiking trip. My parents will be super proud if they knew anak diaorang yang puteri lilin ni, yang memang suka memerap dalam rumah ni berjalan sejauh 24 km dalam satu hari. Hike ni taklah susah sangat sebenarnya sebab there was no elevation gains. Cuma surface dia tak berapa nak rata. Sekejap pasir, sekejap batu kerikil, sekejap sungai, sekejap lumpur. Itu pasal la jatuh la, apa la.
It took us 2 hours plus to reach the nearest spot of the Stutfield Glacier. It was worth it to walk for about 2 hours plus cause the view was superbly mesmerizing. There was no other words than subhanallah.
We had our lunch at the spot and spent about 1 hour plus there just to enjoy the scenery and the serene moment. Berjemur bawah matahari yang serious panas terik tapi suhu sekeliling sejuk. Sunbathing (involuntarily) dekat glacier itu katanya. Kulit memang terbakar habis ya. Tak rupa orang Melayu sekarang ni :p
The coolest thing that happened when we were there was I got to witness avalanche for the first time in my life with my own eyes! It's kinda cool to see kalau awak berada dalam jarak yang selamat. Bukan sekali saya dapat tengok. 3 kali! Sebelum avalanche berlaku, awak akan dengar macam bunyi guruh yang kuat. Tiap kali kami dengar bunyi macam bunyi guruh, mata dah melilau nak tengok dekat mana avalanche tu.
After we had enough of the majestic surroundings (again, honestly you'll never get enough of its beauty but you just have to move on), we headed back. That was another 2 hours of walking. Sampai je van, semua orang dah tak larat. Semua pun dah tak sabar nak balik. Termasuklah saya. I was so tired yet so happy. It was totally a well spent and productive day.
We ended our trip with a bang! My first black bear this summer! :)