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August 5, 2004
Franz Josef glacier guides fit you out well with glacier boots and talons, woolly socks, hat, very unattractive rain-jacket (but it does make the photos more interesting) and walking stick. Like ski-boots, it takes a while to get used walking with talons, but it’s worth it. Our guide was excellent. She was knowledgeable and passionate about the glacier. She explained that it was very unusual for a glacier to be so near sea level – it is sliding forward 10 times faster than most valley glaciers. The glacier is grey and dirty at the bottom, but it becomes otherworldly later on with its blinding whiteness and blue crevasses.
Anybody with moderate fitness could manage the half-day hike, although you do have to tread carefully. The guide makes things easier by cutting out steps, moving rocks, etc.
Very enjoyable. I would highly recommend it, but if you can afford it, go for the heli-hike.
From journal Lord of the Rings Pilgrimage
san francisco, California
July 29, 2003
As I mentioned above, I did a hike involving a helicopter. I talked to some people who did the day-long hike instead of the heli-hike and it sounds like that may have been even better. It cost a lot less money and sounded a lot more challenging and adventurous. But it's supposed to be very difficult, so if you're not in tip-top condition and have a few extra bucks to spare, hop on a helicopter!
The half-day hike is apparantly kind of lame because you spend the entire time just hiking to where the glacier begins. By the time you finally get there, you have to turn around and head back.
From journal I heart NZ
Hoboken, New Jersey
November 5, 2000
From journal A Journey through New Zealand II - South Island