Franz Josef Glacier
A Charmed Life (Climbing New Zealand’s South Island)
I’m heading to the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island today for another week of climbing in the mountains.
We will drive from Wanaka over the Haast Pass to Fox where we will helicopter into Centennial Hut on the Franz Joseph Glacier. Our alternative will be Pioneer Hut on the Fox Glacier.
I spent a week last September climbing this region using Pioneer Hut as a base, and all I can say is the scenery is spectacular.
You can sit on the balcony of the hut at 2,000 metres and watch the sun slowly set over the Tasman Sea.
How good is that!
And the weather looks okay for the next few days at least!