Pavlof Harbor, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Area

Jun 18, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


After running all night around the northern tip of Admiralty Island and down Stephens Passage, we “crossed the bar” at Holcomb Bay at 5 a.m. in order to reach our destination at the South Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area in Southeast Alaska. “The Bar” is a term for the terminal moraine where the bottom of Stephens Passage rises from the depths to around 40 feet and indicates where the Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers once formed a magnificent face of ice. We cruised throughout the morning, stopping briefly at the place where the face of Sawyer Glacier now resides, and then moved closer to the South Sawyer Glacier where we disembarked on our expedition landing craft to view waterfalls, icebergs, harbor seals, and glacial calving.

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Lynn Wilbur

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Lynn is a marine biologist and underwater photographer whose passion lies in the intertidal zone. Lynn’s love of the ocean began when she was just four years old after experiencing a tide pool for the first time, and she received her first scuba certification immediately after graduating from high school. Her interest in photography also started when she was a youngster, shooting black and white film with an old box camera that her mother found at a thrift store.   

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