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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

School Glacier Expedition - Tasman Lake

This morning we got up early to have a close up look at the Tasman Glacier Lake. The icebergs had moved a lot since my visit a month ago, but I could still recognise some of the bigger ones.








We scrambled down the moraine below the viewpoint and walked along the edge of the lake for a while.




The third photo shows a view along the Tasman Glacier terminal moraine that provides the dam that creates the lake. A collection of icebergs had gathered next to it. They will slowly shrink in size and final flow away down the river towards Lake Pukaki.




The debris of a glacier, transitioning slowly from the mountains to the sea floor...



After our walk we got back in the car and headed to Haast Pass and the start of the track to Brewster Hut. A steep 2 hour uphill hike with heavy packs saw us at the hut with several days of food and all the personal gear needed for a few days work on the glacier.

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