Caving in Alaska

The caves of Prince of Wales Island are magnificent and truly weird. Alaska has deep, complex caves that have never been fully explored. And there are many caves of ice, too, with incredible shapes and colors, that are constantly changing. Join us to talk about exploring caves in Alaska, caves of rock and of ice.

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Outdoor Explorer guest Hollis French takes a quick break in exploring the Mendenhall ice cave. Photo courtesy Hollis French.

This video comes to us from Firefight Films which appears to include drone shots of the Mendenhall Glacier ice cave. Near the end of the video is a shot that seems to show the apparent thickness, or lack thereof, of the roof ice at the cave entrance.

HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Daniel Monteith, Glacier Grotto (state chapter of National Speleological Society);
  • Tory Houser, recreation planner for Craig and Thorne Bay Ranger District, US Forest Service (for information call 907-828-1614)
  • Hollis French, ice caver, former member of Alaska State Senate


BROADCAST: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, November 6, 2014, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. AKDT

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