New Zealand – Ice Climbing on the Franz Josef Glacier

Nathan ice climbing the Franz Josef Glacier

I had been ice climbing once before in Valdez, Alaska and had a blast.  Check out the pictures from that trip here.  When doing research for the New Zealand trip I found that they had ice climbing.  Since it was of the highlights of the Alaska trip I knew we had to do it again.  It was the first time for Miki but by the end of the day she was a pro.

The one thing I didn’t like about the trip in Alaska is that there was a pretty large group of people climbing so we didn’t get many climbs in.  This time we scheduled a private trip to ensure we got in a lot of climbing.  It was just me, Miki, our guide, and the helicopter pilot who dropped us off on the glacier.  Our guide A.J. from Franz Josef Glacier Guides was one of the most enthusiastic guides we’ve ever had.  His passion for his country and the sport of ice climbing made the trip very enjoyable.

The weather the day we went was also spectacular.  They receive over 250 days of rain per year but the day we went was one of the best days of the year.  This is a must do activity if you head to New Zealand’s south island.  Just be prepared to get pretty beat up and bruised… but it’s worth every bit of pain for the sense of accomplishment of climbing out of a 40 meter crevasse :)

Here are some video clips I compiled from our day of ice climbing.  Enjoy…

and a few more pics.

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2 Responses to “New Zealand – Ice Climbing on the Franz Josef Glacier”

  1. sean says:

    I hope that the next time I see you is not on the show I Shouldn’t Be Alive

  2. nathan says:

    I wouldn’t mind being on that show. The people end up fine in the end and have a good story to tell. I just want to stay off the show “Locked Up Abroad

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