Crevasse Jumping

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I learned how to rope up for glacier travel, set up a Z-pulley in case of a crevasse rescue, and how to use transceivers to find potential avalanche victims.  All this before setting foot on a glacier.  Stepping on my first glacier, the ice felt stronger and harder than I imagined.  My crampons gripped every surface, whether snow, firn, or blue ice.  Then I got to my first crevasse.  Could I make it if I jumped?  Would my crampon catch on the opposite pant leg?  Would my supervisor/rope partner catch me if I started falling into this seemingly bottomless crevasse?  And then I jumped, thinking about the brook by my house, where my sister and I would play after school, “Just jump, Alice!”  Phew, I made it!

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