16.10.2009 12 °C
Sue here doing todays blog on behalf of the girls. After a long and very wet drive the previous day we awoke to beautiful blue sky and sunshine which meant no postponement of the Glacier hike - dam it!!
After signing our lives away (and that of our children) we kitted up with boots, socks, raincoats, waterproof raintrousers and crampons (for those of you like me who had no idea what these were, spikey accessories to put onto your boots to stop you slipping - apparently).
Short 10 minute drive later and then a 2.5k walk we were at the bottom of the Glacier. After bypassing the 'Danger' sign climbing over the security fence by this point I was feeling pretty nervous but there was no turning back now. We elected to go in the second, slower group in the very capable hands of Zack (in shorts and pick-axe in hand) and crampons securely attached, we began our climb up some rather helpful stairs made of ice.
I have to admit that at this point I was having second thoughts and rather worried about how the hell I would get down but needless to say it was definitely not as bad as I thought it would be and it was certainly worth having a go. It was (as the girls would say) awesome. We walked on the ice, upwards for around 2 hours stopping for a quick snack and some pictures but then it was onwards and upwards. By this point I was beginning to realise why Zack was wearing shorts and began to question my 3 layers of tops, plus jacket and two pairs of trousers!! The girls were really careful (apart from a small slip from Jess who tripped over her crampons and now has two lovely large bruises on her knees) and they were even allowed to have a go with the axe.
This was definitely the highlight of the holiday for me as not only have I never seen a glacier I have never hiked up and down one. At the ripe age of 40 I can now tick this of my 'to do list' and can only thank Steve for the odd push up the backside for making this happen.
The sight of the bus was very welcome and I was still feeling the effects of the walk the following day but it was worth every step.
After a quick bite to eat and some liquid refreshment it was off to our next destination.