National Geographic : 1997 May
Cold sweat New ground rules came into play once the bikers entered the fields of ice. Rule 1: Watch your step. Hiking on Black Rapids Glacier dur ing one of his stints with the adventurers, photographer Bill Hatcher nearly disappeared into a crevasse (above). Only his bike broke his fall. Thereafter, the group roped itself together, the better to skirt even bigger holes (right). Rule 2: Be afraid of the weather. Hav ing descended the glacier, the bikers saw the sky darken with storm clouds. Without gear to withstand severe conditions, the tired group embarked on a forced climb to reach Icy Pass, six miles distant. Engulfed in mist, the team located the pass by compass, barely avoiding another crevasse. On the steep descent Ad kins used his bike as an ice ax (left). Finally, after 25 hours of travel, the men made camp and collapsed, staking the tent down with bikes. Next morning they roped up again (bot tom) and heeded Rule 3: Get to lower ground.