Bigger than life: Drone flight documents Alaskan ice caves
The 12-mile long Mendenhall Glacier, located just outside of Juneau, Alaska may be one of the world's most easily accessible glaciers (I’ve been there. You can easily see the glacier from the visitor center's parking lot). But the Juneau-based crew of Firefight Films takes you far beyond the parking lot.
Billed as the first documented drone flight through ice caves, Firefight Films’ co-founders, Lion El Aton and Christopher Carson, outfitted a DSLRPros DJI Phantom with a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition to venture beyond the physical limits of a human film crew. Their video titled 'Bigger Than Life' aims to capture and share Alaska's nature.
'For me it was the raw beauty and power of the glacier that really inspired me to film the glacier. There are stumps exposed that we filmed in the glacier that date back over 2,000 years', Carson recently said to the Alaskan Dispatch.
Given the availability and relative affordability of drones and GoPro cameras, we imagine (and hope) we’ll see more innovative videos like this one. Watch the behind-the-scenes video below for additional footage and to get a better idea of the conditions they worked in.