Sumdum, has intriguing origins in one of Southeast Alaska’s most beautiful, rarely visited regions, Endicott Arm, site of the abandoned Tlingit village of Sumdum. Over one hundred years ago, John Muir visited this village on a trip that resulted in the discovery of Glacier Bay. Awed by a grandeur that silenced even the Indians of the region, Muir wrote eloquently about several “first-class glaciers,” the luxurious vegetation, purest blue icebergs, numerous couloirs, and greatest array of sheer cliffs and waterfalls he had ever beheld in Alaska. Unlike many once remarkable areas, the magnificence of the Sumdum region has endured. John Muir’s journal could have been written yesterday.