Tracy Arm, Southeast Alaska

Aug 21, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

The final day of our voyage was dedicated to Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Area, a remote and rugged spot south of Juneau with the highest level of federal ecosystem protection. Local glaciers have advanced and retreated numerous times within this fjord network since the last Ice Age, carving the distinctive round-topped peaks, U-shaped valleys, and resulting vegetation patterns. Our destination, South Sawyer glacier, flows out of the Stikine Icecap and features a jumbled, crevasse-filled face reaching several hundred feet above sea level. Following four days of stunning, sunny weather, late-afternoon rain and fog introduced an important part of the character of southeast Alaska. Without this precipitation, the ecosystems, wildlife, and landscapes we have come to know would cease to exist. We concluded our day—and our expedition together—with a preview of the voyage chronicle as well as a post-dinner slideshow highlighting the week’s discoveries.

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Deb Goodwin


Following her first wilderness paddling expedition as a teen, Deb recognized the power of immersive experience in motivating individuals to value and protect the natural world. She is passionate about creating opportunities for the inquisitive of all ages to engage with remote places and underexplored marine environments. Over the years, Deb has worked as a sailor, educator, and research scientist in the North and South Pacific, the North and equatorial Atlantic, and the Caribbean.

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