Glacier Country

Our NZ trip continues down the West Coast of the South Island for a look at some big glaciers; the Franz Josef and the Fox. You aren’t allowed to go too near to the glaciers without a guide, so this is as close as we got to Franz Josef.

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To get a closer look, we booked a full-day trip on the Fox Glacier. This involved hiking up to the face of the glacier, then donning crampons and ice-poles to venture out onto the ice itself.

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As you can see, it doesn’t look much from this distance. It’s a lot bigger than it looks, as much of it is covered in dirt and rock so doesn’t look like part of the glacier.

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It’s much prettier once you actually get on the ice. This is Mr Beet and me in a moulin (technical term for big hole). The big holes are one of the many reason why you aren’t allowed on without a guide.

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It quite tiring walking on the ice and trying to stay upright. This is Mr Beet modelling his crampons and walking pole.

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To make the ice more navigable, the guide sometimes carves steps for us with her ice-axe.

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Misuse of the ice-axe.

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Pretty, pretty ice.

More pictures of ice on Mr Beet’s flickr page. 

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