24 September 2014

What to wear glacier hiking... and a few things not to wear

by Tom at Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Travelling the globe with a pair of crampons in your suitcase? Great, you’re living the “be prepared” dream. But for the rest of us, here’s the run down on what we provide for hiking on the Franz Josef Glacier.

We've got you covered

We provide all the hiking clothing you’ll need.

This includes:
  • Breathable rain jacket

  • Hiking boots

  • Waterproof over-trousers

  • Crampons

  • Harness & Helmet
  • Socks, hats and gloves (not essential)

Our gear is great quality outdoor gear, so you’ll stay warm and comfortable.

Can I wear my own boots?

Yes, you can wear your own boots. Just make sure they’re good quality outdoor hiking boots and they support your ankles and are waterproof. Call one of our team to discuss your options or if you have questions.

How cold is it on Franz Josef Glacier?

The temperature on the glacier can drop to 10 degrees colder than the temperature in town. Hiking on the ice will keep you warm, but don’t forget the weather can change quickly when you’re in an alpine environment. We recommend wearing 2 – 4 layers of clothing and taking off a few layers if you get hot… it’s better than getting cold.

Some things not to bring on Franz Josef Glacier:

  • A Backpack. You really don’t need to carry that much gear. We’ll provide you with a small bum bag, so you’ll be able to tuck your sunglasses, camera, sunscreen and water in there.

  • Wallets, phones and keys. If you do not have a camera with a strap, just be aware that glaciers have crevasses. Enough said.

  • Denim. Function over fashion this time. Best to leave your Levis in the hotel, denim is cold and wet, and just not a good idea for glacier hiking.

We'll see you on the ice!