I always had a thing for snow, it was the one thing I insisted to see when flying halfway around the world from New Zealand.
There was no vegetation along the way, just rocks and soil debris moving beneath our feet. On the bedrock surface were long parallel scratches, attributing to a slow but powerful glacial motion.
Arthur's Pass is a township in the heart of the Southern Alps (New Zealand). We camped at the village for a night and set out for the hike in Avalanche Peak the following morning.
I'm back to civilization from a nearly unplugged trip in the ultimately pure and unspoiled southern New Zealand!