the plan, like most of my plans, was full of flaws: wake up early enough to hike the 2 hours to the proglacial Hooker Lake and catch the sunrise's reflection on the ice. However, the night before, I fell in love with a different glacial lake: Tasman, and decided it'd be a good idea to wait for the stars to come out over Tasman before driving over to Hooker for a nap in the car in freezing weather. .
By the time I got to bed (sleeping bag in the reclined passenger seat of a compact car) at 2am, I had about 2 hours of "sleep" before getting up and having breakfast (peanut butter on white bread) and heading out on the ice covered trail in the pitch black with only my headlamp. At about an hour in I began to stumble and thought it best to take a break, so I chose to sit and rest on a nice rock. .
When I opened my eyes, the sun was creeping over the edge of the range. That didn't matter, however, as I didn't bother to check whether or not the sun would be rising in the direction I hoped for. Nor would that matter, as the dozen other mountains in the area prevented the lake from being lit until about 2 hours AFTER I arrived and ate my ginger cookies and FaceTimed my brother because for some reason I had LTE? .
Also I did have gloves but they were so thin I had socks on my hands too. Worn socks. Don't be unprepared for this stuff it's not that fun.