Marc Ankenbauer's 10+ year quest to jump in every named lake in Glacier and Waterton National Parks for charity.
168 lakes. Only 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
-- Marc jumped into Fisher Cap Lake on Sunday September 8th, 2013 to complete his goal! --
Read about Marc and how this project started...

The Magical Moments of Calm

How many of you have experienced Glacier National Park, during her rare, entirely calm moments? There is nothing quite like standing at the foot of Two Medicine Lake, at midnight when the lake is perfect glass. A full moon finally slipping into what sky the mountains leave unfilled.   The moon illuminates the Sinopah while the lake mirrors it and every canoe tucked along … [Continue reading]

The Winter Time Machine


Hello all, Is everyone enjoying their spring? Or, does it feel more like summer there? Where ever there is…   Summer is slow to arrive in the mountains of the Eastern Front of Montana. It’s a strange phenomenon, to literally drive back to winter.     No matter where my early spring has ever been spent, it’s always pretty nice by mid-May. Spring in … [Continue reading]

Cracks in the Last Ocean : Ross Sea, Antarctica


Note: I wrote this blog post while sitting at the South Pole in December of 2012, but it’s being posted in January 2014.  Sorry for the wait.  :-)   The Ross Sea is the southern most liquid water on planet earth. It carves an enormous gap in what is a mostly round Antarctica.     McMurdo Station is situated at the edge of where the Ross Ice Shelf meets the … [Continue reading]

New Years Music – Songs stuck in my head while hiking

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  New Years Eve is a festive, musical holiday. So, I thought I would put out a few New Years Eve songs. Keeping on theme, I figured I'd combine with notable songs that have stuck in my head while hiking through the years. More than anything, I just wanted to toss out some music!   Turning the calendar to a new year is … [Continue reading]

Christmas, in the most remote place on earth

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    Christmas Eve, one year ago, was profoundly different than today's. Christmas 2012 was spent with two friendly and brilliant, albeit quirky engineers from New Jersey, in the most remote place on earth.       By the time Christmas rolled around, we had become friends. They are great … [Continue reading]

2013 What’s in Marc’s Backpack…? 10 Christmas Gift Ideas!

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Hi everyone! It's that time of year... The time when you ask yourself, "what should I get the Glacier Explorer in my life"? And then you think, "did that guy actually use that cheesy sentence"? He did!   Now, while I don’t feel that the holidays are all about buying presents, I’m sure it’s on the agenda. I'm also sure … [Continue reading]

The Thanks I’m Giving: A four part series

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    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I've had some good years in my life and have been thankful for each and every one.   This one... This year... Has been a bit absurd.   I spent last Thanksgiving at the South Pole, for Pete Sake!   Then, in September I finished what will assuredly be the most … [Continue reading]

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2013 – Dirtbag Style

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Now, sit right down there and let me tell you about the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. The festival is "The Event" for mountain culture authors, film makers and the adventurers that create the stories. It’s the venue that artists, athletes  and researchers dream of having a book or film in. And, it happens each fall in Banff, … [Continue reading]

Fishercap, a moose and some really great friends! #168

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Good Morning, I’m still working through the events of the last 48 hours. It was a whirlwind. The Fishecap Lake dip went better than I could have ever expected. I woke in the morning to a pounding September rain storm. But, when I opened my front blinds, there was the most vibrant rainbow that I have ever seen. Glacier Park was … [Continue reading]

Fishercap Lake here we come! #168 The Last Lake


  So... Sunday or "Fishercap Day", is right around the corner. I’ve been waiting for this day for ten years. Ten Years... Good Golly!     On August 22nd, Leah and Anna accompanied me to Medicine Owl Lake. Lake #167 was celebrated in the middle of nowhere, but with good friends on a warm … [Continue reading]