Ear: Glacier

What not to do in a kayak: Andrew Hooper (@homewiththehoopers) and Josh Bastyr (@steeringsouth) made the news recently while kayaking in Alaska near Spencer Glacier. When they heard cracking noises, the pair unwisely decided to stick around to see if the glacier would calve. It did.

“... I got hit with a couple of pieces of ice, I’ve got a knot on my hand, I got hit in the ribs with a piece of ice,” an excited Hooper said in a video, taken right after exploding ice blew straight at the pair (bit.ly/icykayak). “I’m completely soaked.” Both screen shots shown are courtesy of Andrew Hooper.

The iceberg crashing into the water below “created a good 8- 10- 12-foot wave that was headed straight for us. So we both turned the boats around and paddled as quick as we could to try to ride the wave out, and luckily everything turned out OK. So no regrets!”

“To say we are lucky to be alive is an understatement,” he noted, more somberly, later. “We learned our lesson, and will give glaciers the space they deserve next time we are out exploring.”

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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