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White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

In Brief: Ten photos from the White River Ice hike.

White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

Stepping out on to the ice.

The White River hike is one of our favourites for a winter walk, with the tall cliffs and scenery given a different look by all the ice.

This year we thought we we might no be able to do the hike at all – the warmer than usual winter meaning the ice didn’t freeze as thick as we need for a safe hike, and the damage from the summer flooding had changed a few of the crossings.

We’d cancelled our first two attempts at it, but the third time was the charm. A couple of weeks of colder temperatures meant the main crossings were frozen over, and we had already scouted out a few ways to get around the parts that weren’t frozen enough – including a wobbly walk over a sketchy bridge built for a film set.

Starting down the river - White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

Starting down the river.

There used to be a concrete bridge here, but it was washed out by floods in the summer of 2016 - White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

There used to be a concrete bridge here, but it was washed out by floods in the summer of 2016.

The film production base camp on the other side of the bridge was also washed away - White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

The film production base camp on the other side of the bridge was also washed away.

We continued on a dirt road beside the river - White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

We continued on a dirt road beside the river.

And then out on to the ice - White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

And then out on to the ice.

We climbed up on to these rocks for a short break - White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

We climbed up on to these rocks for a short break.

Views of the river below the rocks - White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

Views of the river below the rocks.

A film set - White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

A film set.

We crossed over the bridge below the film set - White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

We crossed over the bridge below the film set.

Trees, ice, water, cliffs - White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

Trees, ice, water, cliffs.

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