QUIRKY TAKES A RIDE

PREETI VERMA LAL TAKES A DE­TOUR FROM THE STRAIGHT AND THE NAR­ROW

India Today - - PHOTO ESSAY -

WALK­ING ON AN ICE FIELD, AL­BERTA

Bun­dle up in woolies. Wear the ear muff. Hold on to your nerves, for the 13-minute ride to the largest ice field in the Cana­dian Rock­ies is full of sud­den turns, sharp in­clines, dan­ger­ous bends and fall­ing rocks. There’s the Athabasaca glacier where the snow is as thick as the Eif­fel Tower is tall. And this is no mere photo-op. The snow sheet is treach­er­ous; the ice cracks mas­sive, but you get to walk on the largest ice mass south of the Arctic Cir­cle. Whoop!

Get­ting there: Book a tour of the ice field on www.ex­plore­rock­ies.com. The ice field is closed dur­ing se­vere win­ter.

Ad­ven­ture en­thu­si­asts pre­pare to walk across the Columbian ice­fields which sprawl across 325 sq km

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