Thanks to two American Alpine Club and Nikwax research grants, in December 2011, my team journeyed to one of Chile’s quickly melting glaciers, Glaciar Juncal Norte. With the goal of documenting glacial mass change over the decades, we matched archive photos with our modern day photos.  Check out our first trip report for more details.  This year, we are in the process of collecting water and rock microbe data as part of our 2013 expedition to Cerro Plomo.

Our goal throughout the Chile Glacier Quest has been to collect scientific data for various research institutions that will improve our understanding of mountain ecosystems and advance a multidisciplinary approach to conservation efforts in high altitude environments.  

We hope to encourage those who love the outdoors for its adventure and beauty to consider photographing, videoing and writing about environmental changes taking place on their favorite trails and summits.  The active search and compilation of this evidence will serve as another reminder to protect the wild places we love.

traveling through Chile Juncal Norte Glacier for American Alpine Club and Nikwax grant to study glacier change and climate change

Brett and Kurt Sanderson, First View of the Approach, Juncal Valley Chile.      Photo by Carrie A. Sanderson

*Header photo: parting shot of our 5-day climb to Cerro Marmolejo, central Chilean Andes, photo courtesy of Colin Moffat.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors and expedition partners!

Nikwax Triangle logo grant sponsor for chile glacier change grant       AAC_Logo_Block-01 grant sponsor for glacier change grant in Chile       Club Aleman Andino DAV glacier change expedition partner santiago chile

Byrd Polar Research Center expedition research partner ohio state university glacier change climate change       Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation expedition partner for scientific research on alpine rock microbes       University of Arizona Biosphere 2 expedition partner for scientific research on alpine rock microbes

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