This week in our English reader, we read about mountain climbers and ice climbing. It reminded me of a day I spent ice climbing the Fox Glacier in the south island of New Zealand.
As you walk up to the glacier you get a sense of how the mountains on either side were formed. The glacier has crept through making the valley millimetre by millimetre over millions of years. You can see the stones and pebbles that were at the bottom of the glacier, scratching through the earth.
The "ice-fields" are huge, stretching for kilometres in each direction. Entry is only permitted with guides as you can easily fall into a crevice and get injured or die. We had to wear hard hats, harnesses, cramp-ons (on our boots) and carried ice-picks for climbing. Watch the slide show below to see my climbing adventure!
Read about the Fox Glacier on the NZ Department of Conservation website here