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Alex's Knob, an alpine hike!

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | Views [3929] | Comments [1]

Chris & I stood on top of Alex's Knob with the Franz Joseph Glacier behind us

Chris & I stood on top of Alex's Knob with the Franz Joseph Glacier behind us

Today Chris and I took on a fairly serious hike up a peak near the glacier, called Alex's Knob. It is touted as an eight hour return alpine hike. The west coast was being kinder to us with the weather, and it was clear all day, and nice and fresh with the cold air. The hike was pretty taxing, with some steep parts and most of the track being rocks and wet leaves under foot, but it was also good fun and the views from the top were out of this world! The ocean on one side and the Franz Joseph glacier and mountain range on the other, awesome! For each hour that we'd taken to climb up, we chopped about twenty minutes off on the descent, and with a 30 minute lunch break and rest at the top we completed the whole track in five hours and forty minutes, which was quite pleasing. When we got back into town we booked on to the next days guided walk onto the glacier itself and then spent the evening relaxing and recharging the batteries for another walk...

Pics from the hike today

Tags: mountains, walking

 

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We didn't get to do this last time we were in NZ, but it's certainly on my list. Glad to see a note about the difficulty of the hike.

  Kathi Oct 11, 2009 1:19 AM

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