Wednesday, March 10, 2010
New Zealand has quite a few glaciers (giant ice blocks) with its two most famous being Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Shawn and I decided to do a half day tour of the Franz Josef glacier. The glacier is constantly changing so it is pretty important to go with a guide. Also, since it is so slick, we had to wear crampons on our feet so we wouldn't fall. We started out our day by walking about 45 minutes up to the mountain base. The after putting on our crampons, we climbed the glacier for about 2 hours. The glacier changes depending on the weather and we were told that only a few years go the glacier was quite further our then it is now. It is one of teh few glaciers left that retreats and advances. Most glaciers just advance.