Walking the glacier is the "easy" way to get up the mountain. Larre took the route countless times to explore and to hunt. These two episodes recount some of the treks he took with the boys, his brother and friends.
Larre and his brother took five boys under the age of 9 on a glacier hike one day. They weren't exactly armed for bear with the boys' BB guns, but Larre's rifle came in handy when they crossed paths with a large black bear.
Once he started talking about Valdez Glacier, the stories began to flow. He hiked up the ice many times with his brother, Dan the taxidermist, an old high school friend, and others. Find out how toget close to a goat in this episode.
Valdez wasn't yet a town when, in 1898, steamship companies promoted the Valdez Glacier as the all-American route to the Klondike gold fields. Larre found some cast-off items from earlier travelers, including an old-time sled and a wrecked airplane. It may appear to be a "river of ice," but it is steep and treacherous.
Larre tells about climbing under the edge of the glacier and walking underneath it until the roof got too low. That part of the glacier is melted now; you can no longer see it from the Richardson Highway.
It's hard to sneak up on the goats. You often have to cross open terrain, and the goats have good eyesight. Using white coveralls helped the guys get close, but it didn't always work.
Over the years, Larre and friends had lots of success in their pursuit of mountain goats. Carrying heavy packs of meat down mountainsides is hard on the knees, though. These adventures were a big factor in the wear and tear that led to Larre's knee replacements a few years ago. He says it was worth it.