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Aaron Bocanegra (M, 39)
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    From Edmonton Through Jasper to British Columbia
    Thanks to modern technologies I am able to ride through British Columbia in the back of our van and edit video clips, prep photos and write this. We departed from Edmonton on July 19th. We ended our first day in a beautiful town called jasper where we stayed with two amazing friends, met musicians, explored the town then headed to the Columbia Ice Field about an hour away. The glacier was impressive. As you drive up to the field there are simple markers that state only the year and its distance from the 19th century on. It has receded an incredible distance even since 1992, about 300 yards. There is no confusion here, no argument as to the scientific basis for this disappearance. Along the path are informational markers that describe the impact of global warming on this specific piece of ice. The landscape is epic in nature, grand views of mountains imposing themselves on a deep valley covered in tall pine trees with swaths of glaciers resting in pockets along the hillsides. Occasionally the tones give the sensation of looking at a black and white photo. The illusion is only broken when you find a tree or a touch of brilliant orange moss on a rock.
    At the moment I reach the top of the hill overlooking the ice a crisp glacial wind explodes over the barren terrain rushing through my hair and instantaneously makes me shiver. Nearing the base of the receding ice field, water emerges at a frantic pace from the melting body marking the headwaters of the Athabasca Watershed. We had originally intended to cliff dive into a lake of glacial springs, however we were too engrossed in Jasper to get out in time. Regardless, I did get to feel the intensity of the cold runoff. For the purposes of recording sound under water I put on my rubber boots, which were entirely too low for the job and walked out into the current. It is possible that I was only able to record for 5 seconds while submerged before pain exploded up my legs and I lost all feeling in my feet due to a previous case of hypothermia I got when falling into a frozen waterfall. Hopefully that 5 seconds was worth it, to see me run out of the water, staggering awkwardly must have been a pleasant laugh for somebody.
    Change has been evident in more subtle but no less dramatic manners as well. We are currently in the Rockies and there are trees that look devastated by fire. Only instead of becoming charred they are a rather beautiful shade of red. This destruction is from the pine beetle. In recent years the temperature has not plummeted as low as typical, as low as necessary to kill off these parasites. At times entire mountains have become their sustenance. Driving along river valleys tall think pines shoot up from the water and the banks. Peppered throughout this landscape is the eerie shade of red that elucidates the symbiotic nature of climate change. Amongst the people living out here, a conversation about the weather seems a lot less like small talk and more like a test of your awareness.

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