In March of this year we had a couple of overseas visitors- one from Japan and the other from Australia. They were in Alaska to Judge a dog show in Anchorage (my wife is an AKC judge). With some clear weather in the forcast, we got them up bright and early for the 2 hour drive to Talkeetna and a flightseeing trip to the Ruth glacier and amphitheater on the south flanks of Denali. We arranged the flight with Talkeetna Air Taxi with a landing on the glacier. We actually landed on a hanging valley glacier above the Ruth. MAP http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat...00&size=l&symshow=n&u=4&datum=nad27&layer=DRG The glacier is some 40miles in length, winding its way to the south through the truly spectacular Great Gorge that is deeper than the Grand Canyon. At this point the glacier narrows down to about one mile wide with granite monoliths rising 5,000 feet above the ice on either side. In 1983 the ice in the Great Gorge was measured to be 3,800 feet thick. This is also just a wonderful place to get dropped off for a week or so of Alpine climbing in late March through April.