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The Glacier Climbers

Short Film (Full Length) – 1964

"The story of a four-day journey from Westland to Canterbury, across the Southern Alps."
Narration from the four climbers accompanies spectacular alpine imagery in this classic NFU film. In crevasse country they rope up and climb to "half way across the frozen roof of New Zealand" and share a can of tinned pineapple as reward. At Malte Brun Hut they meet Sir Edmund Hillary, Murray Ellis and Harry Ayres, and they descend together down the Tasman Glacier. Ayres reflects on the Alps as training ground for famous polar and Everest expeditions.

The pleasant custom of sharing a tin of pineapple on Graham Saddle is observed by most of the climbers who make the crossing.
– The film's narrator

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