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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Climbing An Ice Face — On The Tasman Glacier

Climbing An Ice Face

On The Tasman Glacier.

It is often questioned what enjoyment can be obtained by spending a holiday among glaciers, where you often have to sleep under rocks or in some inhospitable hut, carry your food from camp to camp, melt ice to obtain water for tea making, to say nothing of the risk and danger of travelling and climbing. Only the ignorant, or people unable to undertake healthy fatigue, talk in such strain. But those who visit Alpine regions, such as Canterbury can boast of in their Mount Cook district, and which the famous Swiss guide, M. Zurbriggen, proclaims to be one of the best climbing grounds known to him, become most enthusiastic in their praises. The exhilaration, the beautiful scenic effects, the pure atmosphere, not only tend to build up the constitution of the weakly, but also give an invigoration and tone to the health of all visitors.

Our illustration is by the Christchurch Press Company, from a photo taken by Mr. J. J. Kinsey, and goes to prove that there is no bar to the locality being visited by ladies, and that they soon begin to tackle the ice faces and crevasses with as much pluck and determination as the men.