Walking the Franz Joseph Glacier

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We arrived at Franz Joseph in torrential rain and settled in to the Monrose Hostel, don't stay in any rooms next to the showers, it was dreadfully noisy, plus there were no power points in the room which was deeply annoying.

Aside from that we had a nice evening watching the rain and preparing for our glacier walk early the next morning.

Fortunately, the morning was dry despite having 300mm of rain forcaste (yes 300mm not a typo, London gets about 50mm a month!) We arrived at the centre to be kitted out with waterproofs, boots and crampons and we set off by bus to near the base of the glacier.

It was a short walk through a rain forest and out on to the braided river bed before we reached the ice. I've only ever been up to glaciers in the alps and this was on an entirely different scale. The initial walk up the face of the glacier was the hardest part, partly covered in scree and rock, we climbed up steps cut into the ice. Once past the rockier part, things began to ease off and it was then we got into the cravases of blue ice.

It was a really good trip, however things didn't move that quickly and it seemed to lack purpose (i'm goal orientated and once we were up on the glacier it felt a bit like we were wandering around until it was time to head down).

None the less, it was a superb expereince and one i'd definitely recommend!

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