I'd like to tell you the story behind this visual board as what we experienced in the heart of the rockies was nothing short of amazing. But first an important disclosure.
Preparedness. Research. These important components of exploration only take you so far. You have to accept that you are taking risks when entering the backcountry and that these risks increase exponentially when entering an ice cave. I along with the people I explored these caves with took full responsibility in knowing these risks and adventured independently according to our own comfort level.
When we first started planning our adventure, risks were our first and foremost topic. What is a glacier after all? Fallen snow, that over many years, compresses into large, thickened masses of ice. Naturally the first hazard that comes to mind is ice falling in on top of you. This unfortunately has happened in the big 4 ice caves in Washington, and is a real threat.
What else is unique about glaciers? Their ability to flow. Glaciers are always moving and the scariest aspect of this, to me, is the likelihood of snow covered crevasses.
After discussing these risks in depth we all came to the conclusion that the reward of discovering something new, and the opportunity to document our findings was enough to push us forward. And so the prep began.