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Help us raise money to finish the story the disappearing glaciers of the North Cascades and Mauri Pelto, the man who studies them.
Cory Kelley
Seattle, New York
United States
5 Team Members

In August of 2010, our film crew followed Mauri Pelto and his team of researchers as they studied and documented the melting glaciers of the North Cascades.  With packs full of climbing and film gear, we explored places where glaciers cover mountainsides and cling to towering volcanoes.  We returned with many hours of striking cinematography and eye opening accounts of the changes taking place in the backyard of the United States.  We want to show these changes through the eyes of a man who has been witness to it for many years.  What do we lose as the glaciers recede and disappear?  What does the uncertain future hold for the glaciers and the water supply?


For twenty-seven years, our subject, Mauri Pelto, has hiked high into the mountains to measure the health of the glaciers and forecast their future.  He has watched many of the glaciers recede rapidly, while some have disappeared altogether.  Mauri’s experiences demonstrate drastic changes in the North Cascades, and paint a picture of the glaciers as moving, changing things with their own characteristics and challenges.  Over the years Mauri's troupe of researchers has varied with more than 50 people having assisted him over the years.  They monitor more glaciers than any other program in North America and recently his son and Daughter have joined in with the other research assistant. Utilizing new, smaller high-definition video technology, we were able to capture the North Cascades with intimate detail and create striking images of places few are able to go.  The film could not have been made in this way three years ago.


The film has been self-funded by the director, Cory Kelley, through pre-production and filming. The crew has donated many long hours on and off the trail.  But we can't finish the film without your help.  We need to raise money for a full time editor, color correction, sound design, and music rights.

There are many ways you can help:

1.     Donate to the project.

2.     Post our IndieGoGo page on Facebook, blogs, and websites.

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We have all heard of shrinking glaciers and rising temperatures, but these stories are often about far away places.  For some, these facts and statistics are difficult to relate to.  The glaciers of the North Cascades, located in America's own backyard, directly affect the people of the Pacific Northwest.  Apple farmers need glacier melt for late summer irrigation, city dwellers count on glaciers for much of their water supply, and salmon rely on glacier water to keep rivers flowing.  This is a story that matters.  As these glaciers continue to recede and disappear, the film will serve to document their beauty and loss.  By following Mauri Pelto, a man who has dedicated 30 years of his life, to intimately studying these glaciers, the film tells a human story that anyone can relate to. 


I have some very exciting and unique perks coming soon.  If you don't contribute now, I strongly recommend following us on Facebook so you will know when new limited time perks are available.

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This campaign ended on January 31, 2011
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  • $25USD
    The Hiker

    You will receive an “I love glaciers” bumpersticker, a special thanks in the limited edition DVD, and the special feeling of being a part of this important story. (amount over $1 is tax-deductible)

    5 claimed
  • $50USD
    The Glissader

    In addition to the above, you will receive: one admission to a special screening of the documentary followed by a question and answer with Mauri Pelto. (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

    4 claimed
  • $100USD
    The Crevasse Jumper

    In addition to the above, you will receive a copy of a limited edition DVD with extra features. (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)

    2 claimed
  • $250USD
    The Ice Climber

    You will help us climb closer to our goal and receive in addition to the above: a 11x14 framed print of an archival photograph depicting the massive glaciers on Mount Baker as they were. The photo was taken in 1958, by Asahel Curtis, who the Lower Curtis glacier is named after. (amount over $40 is tax-deductible)

    5 claimed
  • $500USD
    The Deposition Zone

    You will receive in addition to the above: a 14x16 framed print of a photograph depicting the size and position of the giant Easton glacier on Mount Baker in 1958. The photo was taken by Asahel Curtis, who the Lower Curtis glacier is named after. (amount over $50 is tax-deductible)

    0 claimed
  • $750USD
    The Accumulation Zone

    You will receive in addition to the above: a 16x20 framed print of an archival photograph depicting how big the Lower Curtis glacier on Mount Shuksan used to be. The photo was taken in 1906, by Asahel Curtis, who the Lower Curtis glacier is named after. (amount over $60 is tax-deductible)

    0 claimed
  • $850USD
    3 Day Glacier Field Trip

    Join Mauri Pelto on the disappearing Columbia glacier or the crevasse ridden Easton Glacier during the 2011 field season. You will participate in the science of measuring glaciers and see first hand how they are changing. The director, Cory Kelley, will accompany you and provide for transportation from Seattle, food, and specialty gear (crampons and ice axe). This perk is appropriate for anyone who is in good physical shape and wants a unique adventure where few go. (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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