A Giant that Fades Out

Oct 31, 2016

By Jaric Urbaez

While traveling through Alaska, I aimed to walk on a glacier. I wanted to find myself and experiment vulnerability in extreme weather and terrain conditions. I was willing to take on the challenge.

Once I set foot on the glacier, I was surprised to realize that the adventure went beyond the surviving or learning how to deal with the weather. My experience wouldn’t be on the sharp frozen rocks but on the possible encounter with time: the past, the present, and the near future.

Those glaciers similar to millennial lying giants are alive and change daily. They are not idle. They are resigned to the terrible moment of their extinction.

I was able to listen to their breath. It was slow and profound, like trying to say something but saying nothing at the same time. Thousands of feelings took me at the moment. I felt grateful for being fortunate to see them in all their glory. I felt happy because I could not believe what my eyes were beholding. I felt nostalgic and sad because I knew they wouldn’t be there in some years. I felt frustrated while listening to those noble giants asking for help and not being able to rescue them.

I said goodbye with the promise to see them soon.

My camera was too small for their highness. However, I could take some pictures to remember that despite suffering, they never stop being charming and kindly. They made my experience an unforgettable moment.

See you soon giants! I hope to see you again.

Alaska 2016