Yay – A chance to reminisce about glaciers I have visited.
My first glacier visit was during a work trip to the West Coast of New Zealand. Back then we could actually walk to the face of the Franz Joseph Glacier. My colleague and I had travelled on the Sunday so we could spend some time exploring before starting work on the Monday. That was such great experience and one never to be repeated since it became too hazardous to get up close and personal to the glacial wall due to the high rate of retreat- and a couple of unfortunate injury incidents due to falling ice.
On a South Island road trip, we stopped off at a viewpoint to marvel at Fox Glacier. Viewing made easier by following a short gravel road to a handy carpark. Fortuitously, there was no cloud cover and we got this spectacular view.
What an adventure we had on our trip to Tasman Glacier.
“The Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier in New Zealand and a must-see natural wonder in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The short walk to the Tasman Glacier view point is approximately 40 minutes’ return. The view from the overlook takes in spectacular scenes of Aoraki Mount Cook and the Southern Alps, as well as the lower Tasman Glacier, vast terminal lake and its mighty icebergs.
Climbing up Tasman Glacier view track to view the Glacier was a bit of a challenge for me. The sign clearly said a 15 minute walk but it took me a much longer than that. Luckily I had my hiking stick with me to support my knees. ‘ Up with the good and down with the bad’ is what they had suggested after my knee replacement surgery a few years back so I decided this was the way to ascend those steps. My operated knee is now my good one as the right knee is also deteriorating so up I went one step at a time. No wonder it took me awhile.
Everyone who was heading back down told me “it is not too much further and worth it for the view” – this as I was struggling up the 550+ rock steps.
They were right – it was worth it.
Three trips to the glaciers in 30 years. Maybe next time I will do a helicopter flight instead?