Tracy Arm - Ford’s Terror Wilderness

Jun 18, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

After a misty evening sail away from Juneau, we woke to clear skies in Tracy Arm – Ford’s Terror Wilderness, offering spectacular views of even the tallest snow-capped peaks within the wilderness. The Wilderness Act of 1964 defines a designated wilderness area as a place “where man remains but a visitor.” On today’s exploration of the raw and dynamic nature of the waterfall-adorned fiord landscape of Tracy Arm with an up-close Zodiac visit to Sawyer Glacier, we truly felt like visitors to this wild place. What a wonderful welcome to Southeast Alaska for this week’s expedition!

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Chelsea Behymer


Raised sea kayaking, surfing, and hiking on the Central Coast of California, Chelsea established both curiosity and comfort in her outdoor surroundings early on. After a field ecology course in California's Channel Islands exposed her to the dynamic roles people can play in social-ecological systems, she embarked on a lifelong journey to understand her place. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from Hawaii Pacific University where she dove (literally) into coral reef research and explored the micro-scale connections within. Taking her knowledge from the research field, Chelsea has spent nearly a decade professionally communicating the big-picture implications of the 'little things' in variety of marine science and natural history topics onboard marine tour vessels around the globe.

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Max Seigal

Max Seigal

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Max Seigal grew up in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, and spent his early years working at his parent’s veterinary clinic, which sparked his love for animals. At a young age, Max fell in love with conservation and travel. He studied abroad in both Costa Rica and the Bahamas during high school, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in environmental science, zoology, and economics.

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