Thursday, July 10, 2008

More pictures from NZ

The hostel we stayed at in Greymouth was called Noah's Ark and following that theme, they named each of their rooms after an animal. I stayed in the monkey room.

This is what you call "My face is so big I can't fit it into the hole".

That afternoon we made it to Franz Joseph Glacier, and I had the opportunity to do a helicopter hike high up on the glacier. We were given boots and crampons to wear when we got onto the glacier. The crampons had very good grip, you could walk up steep little areas just by slamming your foot into the ice for grip.

The guide told us that we could eat the ice for water because it was very clean. I tried some of it. It tasted very fresh, like nothing at all.

Near the end of the hike, we had an opportunity to jump into a glacial pool, but I had to break the ice layer on top first with the ice axe. I know this picture looks crazy, but I didn't know how many more chances I'd ever get to swim in water that was borderline freezing.

Once I had cleared enough of the ice, we jumped in together and felt my balls shrivel to a raisin screamed in pain + adrenaline fused craziness. We were only in there for about 10 seconds and then had to get out because of the inability to breathe correctly because our chest muscles were spasming uncontrollably. We took some pictures out of the water and then jumped in one more time to make sure it was out of our system. :)


Blogger Brute Force said...

Wow, the glacier pics are awesome. Man, what an experience!

July 11, 2008 at 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know that there is a glacier before you be there?

July 12, 2008 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

that's a crazy thing to do but looks like you had fun...

July 12, 2008 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

No I actually did not know there was a glacier in NZ. I did hear that almost every climate on earth exists in NZ though.

July 18, 2008 at 5:32 PM  

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