Friday, March 20, 2015

Morgan Spurlock becomes a park ranger, shows skill with ropes in climbing out of a glacier crevasse on McKinley


Morgan Spurlock’s season finale of “Inside Man” showed Morgan working as a park ranger, mostly in Denali National Park, Alaska, containing Mt. McKinley, the highest point in North America.
The film starts as he goes camping with his young son.  Soon he goes to work, addressing the fact that interest in National Parks among young people has diminished. 
The highlight of the broadcast occurs when Spurlock rescues himself from a glacier crevasse, using tricky rope work that he has been shown only once.  It’s like Army training.  I couldn’t do that.  

Spurlock also visited a rockslide site, and explained how permafrost is melting because of climate change.  He presented charts showing the loss of glacial mass since 1900, along with comparative photographs.  This was a bit like Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth”.

The broadcast had started in Washington DC, and mentioned that the White House is part of the Parks system.  The budget for the Parks costs an individual $4 a year.  Most is supported by user fees.

I flew over Denali in a private plane in 1980.  I flew up to about 9000 feet along the slope of McKinley. 
  
Wikipedia attribution link for glacier photo from Denali by Brian Schaller, Copy Left free art, Creative Commons 3.0 Share Alike. 

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