Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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The single picture that I managed to pull out of my cold (but fantastic) hiking adventure was of the remains of a large ice-slide. As we changed from our standard hiking shoes (for me, my trusty Tevas) into heavy-duty ice boots, we heard a slow cracking/tearing sound coming from just up the glacier. From our vantage, another hiker and I were able to turn just in time to see a huge fragment of ice sheer off one of the steep faces and shatter while crumbling to the ground. Given its size, the entire operation occurred in a sort of slow motion, gravity racing to catch up with the magnitude of the fall (to get a sense of scale, that little rock in the middle of the river next to the ice is about the size of an adult). The others scampered up just in time to see the ice settle, and one of the guides remarked that it was the largest slide she'd ever seen on this glacier. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

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