August 31


Watch My Adventure Short Film – Lake George Glacier Hike

By Dan

August 31, 2020

In my brand new video, called Lake George Glacier Hike, I take you along with me during a summer hike out to an Alaskan glacier and give you a virtual adventure tour of this massive and remote ice field in the Chugach Mountains.

As with my film AERIAL ADVENTURE, this video is also set to an original music piece that I scored to add an air of majesty and wonder that the visuals evoke.

The Lake George Glacier is one of large ice fields in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. I’ve explored this area a number of times over the years, and it’s always an amazing sight to behold.

During this summer’s visit, I was struck at how much the glacier has receded in a very short time frame. Three years ago, I was able to walk right out on the ice, but now, the edge of the ice lies hundreds of feet away from the surrounding hillsides and it’s much lower in elevation. Check out this blog post to see the dramatic difference in the ice levels compared to a few years ago.

All of the photos and most of the footage in this video was shot with the FUJIFILM X-T3 and the FUJFILM X100V. The music was recorded in Logic Pro X and the guitar solo as played on my sunburst Les Paul through IK Multimedia Amplitube software.

Before I bought my first camera, I studied music production and even took an intro to film scoring class at Berklee College of Music. So, here we are, nearly 30 years later, and I’m finally using my degree.

It’s actually quite fulfilling to expand and combine my interests in music and photography in this way, and it’s something I’ve aspired to for many years. I’ll still keep doing my video tutorials, but I definitely plan to add more adventure films like this to my YouTube Channel as well.

Enjoy the video, I hope it provides you with a fun and inspiring jump start to your Monday. And I’ve already got my next lesson planned, so stay tuned!

About the author

Hi, I'm Dan Bailey, a 25+ year pro outdoor and adventure photographer, and official FUJIFILM X-Photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.

As a top rated blogger and author my goal is to help you become a better, more confident and competent photographer, so that you can have as much fun and creative enjoyment as I do.

  • Hi Dan:

    Thanks for taking me along on the glacial hike. I love those patterns on the rocks and ice toward the end.

    Can you just “park” an airplane in an unspecified open space or do you have to have a special clearance to do so?

    How far away was that glacier from where you took off?

    ALSO…liked the bear tracks at the beginning!

    Thanks again!

    Jeff Ross

  • Hi Jeff, thanks for your comment, I’m glad you enjoyed the glacier video, and I think those were moose tracks in the soft ground, although I have seen bear tracks out there as well. And it was about a 3-4 mile hike from the plane to the first view of the ice. I think I ended up hiking about 11 miles that day. Those mud covered rocks were pretty cool indeed! They were all situated in the top of a gully that obviously sees muddy overflow in the springtime when the glacier melt and rivers are running high. Fortunately, it was totally dry when I was in there.

    Yes, essentially I can land anywhere out on those gravel bars, providing I can spot a suitable patch of ground from the air. There’s nothing special I have to do, it really is pretty free and open. I can land, park the plane and go hiking for as long as I want. There are rules, though. I can’t land in state or national parks, designated Wilderness areas or on private land. Most of these glaciers are located in the Chugach National Forest and that area is open to private aircraft operations.

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