Ice, Ice Baby..!!
Trip Start Sep 04, 2012
47Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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And it's not just dorm habits........kitchen habits are ATROCIOUS!! People eating out of PANS..!! I need that pan son!! HURRY UP or get a bloody plate!! Who eats out of a pan!!? At home would you wash your pots and put them straight into the cupboard without drying them...??!!!! NNNNOOOOOO!!! So don't do it here either you tool!!! This plate's WET THROUGH!!!! People sometimes just don't even bother washing up sometimes.....the worst we've seen is at breakfast in Queenstown, a guy sat down near us, ate 2 bites out of a piece of cold pizza, then just got up and walked off! The pizza was still there on a plate that night!!! Unreal!!!!! We must be getting very old very quick to notice all this stuff!!
Anyway, let's get back on track! A place called Wanaka was next up for us, which has been described as kind of a mini-Queenstown. It's a very accurate description as it goes!! Our photos from both look very similar! And, like Queenstown we wanted to get up high to see the place in all it's glory, so 'Roys Peak' was to be scaled! Another monster...1500ish metres! Not easy.....at all!! Knackered, sweating and after emptying a grasshopper out of her trousers (!!) Kala finally made the top with me closely behind in similarly horrible shape!
After Wanaka we headed up the west coast of the south island and the next stop was Fox Glacier. As it turns out, Mount Cook was again in sight (from the other side). The plan was to actually get onto Fox and do a days guided trek on it. (Interestingly......or rather 'not interestingly', there is no relation whatsoever of 'Fox Glacier' to 'Fox's Glacier Mints'). After a short walk to Lake Matheson the day before to fill an afternoon, we got kitted out with boots, crampons (spikes on the boots) and a nice warm coat each and got onto the bus. Over-enthusiastic American guide..."Can you understand my thick American accent from the back of the bus..? Right guys lets get some team building in and get this party started....just shout where you're from to give us an idea of who we've got in today and then we'll split into 2 groups...!!".........We went STRAIGHT to the other group!!
The glacier is MASSIVE....and STUNNING aswell!! A couple of quick facts.....it takes 80 years for the snow that falls at the top of the glacier to travel all the way as ice to the bottom. AND...it takes 10m of snow to make 1m of ice!! All sorts of factors are shaping the glacier such as seasonal temperatures and sunlight, snowfall, rainfall etc and the thing is ever changing. For something so big (8 miles long and easily a couple of hundred metres wide at the mouth) it changes its appearance quickly (as pics from 1983, 2005 and 2012 showed us). It is still advancing, moving at approximately a metre per week (well thats what they said was the case in 2006 anyway!)! Only a couple of weeks back did a big chunk (50m x 50m) fall off the front which would have been spectacular to see!! The trek was superb and we got quite high onto some of the wacky and weird ice formations. A great day with amazing views all around us!!