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Dart Glacier Sunrise (New Zealand)

After a grueling climb of 1,250 meters in 4 kilometers (4,125 ft in 2.5 mi), the final obstacle to reach the Cascade Saddle in New Zealand’s Mount Aspiring National Park, I set up camp in the dark beneath the glow of the stars illuminating the Dart Glacier. After a few hours of sleep I awoke to watch the sunrise illuminate the peaks around the glacier before breaking down camp to walk down to the ice. That task would prove much more difficult than planned, though, taking nearly the entire day to reach the glacier. Read the rest of the story online at

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From New Zealand - 2017-18