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.
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.
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.
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.
It quite tiring walking on the ice and trying to stay upright. This is Mr Beet modelling his crampons and walking pole.
To make the ice more navigable, the guide sometimes carves steps for us with her ice-axe.
Misuse of the ice-axe.
Pretty, pretty ice.
More pictures of ice on Mr Beet’s flickr page.