Defacing the glacier


Back in December we hiked on Franz Joseph Glacier. Apparently a German tourist wasn’t satisfied with the normal options for visiting the site, so he chose a different approach – tagging it. The guy – caught by some British tourists on camera – apparently decided that the natural beauty of the glacier needed to be jazzed up a bit, so he brought some spray paint with him on the hike in to the terminal face and used it on the rocks as well as on the ice. The cops grabbed him the next morning at the bus stop headed out of town and forced him to spend the next day and a half cleaning up his mess, in addition to enduring verbal redress from the guides and tourists making the hike those days. Having met some of those guides, that wouldn’t be an encounter I’d want to endure (though I’d enjoy watching it). No permanent damage to the glacier, which is good news.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .
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