My Trip to New Zealand
Pete Grant
Dec 2007 to February 2008


One of my long standing goals was to climg onto Franz Joseph glacier. I arrived in Franz Joseph -- a town near the glacier -- and enquired at the local shop about the possibility of doing a guided tour onto the glacier. Turned out that they regularly book tours the day before and I arraned to participate in a 3/4 day tour. This tour was just the right length as it took us above the rock-strewn part of the glacier and saw the almost clean part of it. Too bad the weather was cloudy all day -- photos taken with sun shining would have been so much better. Oh well...

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Preparing for the hike in to the glacier Passing by a waterfall Nearing the glacier
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The scramble to the glacier included climbing over ridges Finally, after an hour of hiking, we began climbing the glacier itself Our guide, Rob, giving us some important safety info ..and way up the glacier we climbed
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We encountered some blue ice ...but up and up we climbed through another small crevasse Another waterfall
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We could see the sun shining on the top section of the glacier -- the main section And the view back to the start of our climb Photo snapping near the top of our climb
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We began our descent by going up But soon headed down On the way down we passed some deep crevasses And when we reached the bottom, one last look at the route.
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