By Abbey and Ryan | Posted: Wednesday May 15, 2019
We left early on the cold Monday morning and began the long journey to Aoraki Mount Cook, with hopes and dreams of gathering data for our research internal.
It was a long haul but some absolute bants and bangers were provided. We had a short stop in Omarama to refuel with some caramel popcorn and sausage rolls, and get ready for our big walk up the dreaded Red Tarns track. We met the man, the myth, the legend, Ranger Ray, who lectured us about Glaciation and Human Interaction with our environment. The Red Tarns track was steep and took us about 3 hours, and Ryan had to get to the top just to flex his jawline in the pictures. By the end of this walk we had collected enough primary data for our research and headed back to Glentanner Station for some surprisingly decent accommodation and insane heating. The team chowed down burgers and lots of chocolate cake provided by Harry before getting some sleep for our next big day.
We woke up to rain and 3 degree weather and made sure to put on 6 layers before heading off to see the Tasman Glacier. To the teams approval, this walk was a 20 minute stroll up some stairs to see an amazing view. It was interesting to see the effect of climate change on the Tasman Glacier from 1990 to now. After this we said goodbye to Ranger Ray and headed off to Twizel for a long drive home.