This days weather forecast: Ice!
Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
67Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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The pancake rocks are a hotspot on the Westcoast because of the blowholes in the rocks. When the circumstances are right (like today) the sea will blast into the rocks and create steam that blows out of the holes in the rocks. Forces of nature at work and very impressive to see!
I get closer to the glacier and walk up to a point where there's a sign that says it's forbidden to do unguided walks beyond this point.
The are several good reasons for that. First of all this glacier is moving all the time. It may only be at the speed of 2km's a day, but this movement means the structure of the ice changes as well. Therefor it gets inpredictable and dangerous to walk on for people without the right knowledge. Secondly there's the risk of falling rocks and iceblocks
Enough reasons to stop at this point and turn around. Well I didn't and ignored the sign anyhow.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no fool and I don't have a deathwish. I just want to get up to the glacier as close as I can to have a good view without getting on the ice and put my life ar risk. There's only a small rockwall I have to climb to get close enough. I go into mountain goat mode and make my way up. The view is magnificent! A big layer of ice covers the area and you can hear the ice cracking when the glacier moves!
Very nice! I leave Fox Glacier with a smile on my face.