Behind The Instagram returns today with volume 2 featuring The Blonde Abroad, Kiersten Rich!

We were able to catch up with her via email and get the story behind her first ice climbing experience!

CheapOair: Was this your first time ice climbing?
Kiersten Rich: Yes! I was traveling in Iceland and had the opportunity to go Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing with a company called Arctic Adventures. I have to admit, I was a bit scared since I have a serious fear of heights. But, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

C: How long did it take for you to climb it?
KR: I practically ran up the ice wall because I was so nervous! It was about 20-30 ft tall, I’d say, but it only took me about 10 minutes to climb it. The ice axes and crampons (spikey things for your shoes) cling to the ice more than you’d think.

C: Are you really happy in this shot? Or are your cheeks frozen stiff?
KR: That’s my “I’m pretending to be happy but I’m scared” face. Actually, this was a genuine smile. I was really proud of myself for making it to the top. Once I realized I had to let go and rely on my cable to go back down, the smile faded pretty fast.

C: What’s attached to your left bicep?
KR: That’s my iPhone in a LifeProof case. I always use one when I’m traveling because it’s freeze proof, drop proof and water proof. Perfect for places like Iceland!

C: Would you do it again?
KR: I’d definitely try ice climbing again. I won’t be climbing Everest anytime soon, but something safe while also challenging is always a great experience.

C: What advice would you give to a first-timer?
KR: Go with a guide. The guides with Arctic Adventures have years of experience and can create a safe experience for you. I wouldn’t have known the first thing to do with an ice axe or crampons without them!

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Photo: The Blonde Abroad/Kiersten Rich

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