Friday, June 17, 2011

Glacier Hike

Day 8: Glacier Hike in Franz Josef!

This morning we had to wake up extra early and get ready to go on the glacier hike. They had us borrow boots, over trousers, crampons, and rain jackets. It was this long process but then we all got on the bus to head to the glacier. Once we got to the glacier area we hiked to the rocky valley. There we spilt into 3 groups slow, medium, and fast. MaKenna (MaKyle XY) and I chose the slow group thinking it would be a leisurely pace. Not a SNAIL pace. After we walked over a mile to the end of the valley, an Indian family decided to turn back because the flat part of the hike was to hard for them. The next part was a harder uphill rocky path; it was a bit more difficult. The sad part was that we had to stop every 20 minutes and wait for this Indian man and his Asian wife. The path up there was a long and tiring one but once we got to the top it was really cool. LITERALLY! And at the top we at a crappy sandwich, and of course MaKenna took a video of me acting like a freak on the top of the glacier. The way down was a lot easier, but since we were so tired it seemed 100X longer! Once we got back to the hostel we wanted to die! But overall it was fun, especially because we hiked up together and were joking around. 


  1. You sound like you are having an amazing time! It makes me want to go back. I can't wait to see your pictures. I hope you got a chance to see the Observatory in Takepo? If you get a chance it is run by Bex Murrays's dad and it is awesome. You can take pics of the stars--they have a tripod and help you set your shutter speed. Have a great time!!

  2. That sounds awesome! i hope we get to go there and i will bring all my pictures up to Omaha when i come up this summer! :) Miss you! <3