Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
117Trip End Jul 28, 2008
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Stopping to help two young German lads stuck in the snow, we ourselves succombed to the same fate but our expert ability in fitting snow chains meant our escape was simply "too easy"! We were back on our merry way within minutes.
Fortunate enough to arrive at Fox Glacier around 4pm the sun was beginning to set so our walk around Lake Matheson was simply sublime. The perfect reflections of Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and the surrounding Southern Alps in the water was unimaginably beautiful.
With temperatures down to minus five over night, we woke up to a sharp frost but bright blue skies for our guided walk of Fox Glacier. It was a memorable experience as our young Texan guide was brilliant in his commentary as well as bantering the oblivious Japanese tourists as they ticked another sight off their world tour list!!
The scale and destructive force of this glacier was something to behold. Standing hundreds of metres above ground level on top of the ice, crawlingthrough ice tunnels and squeezing down tight crevasses was an exhilirating experience as we traversed all around the mighty Fox!
By the time we made it down to the terminal face the sun was setting and some weary legs were happy to clamber back on board the bus after a thoroughly unique day.