Powder travel

Upper Wye Creek Basin, Remarkables Conservation Area The latest generation of lightweight, all terrain snowshoes are a world away from the cartoon tennis rackets of old. A good place…
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Straight up

Two climber’s scale Margaret’s Leap ice fall at Tukino ski field on Ruapehu. This was shot on a cheap point and shoot when I didn’t know much about photography. Now…
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Mates

The Tararua Mountain Race is considered by mountain runners as one of New Zealand’s hardest trail runs. The event goes from Kaitoke to Otaki Forks across the inhospitable tops…
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Black Gold

Forest and Bird’s 48-hour Bioblitz held at the start of March on Denniston Plateau on the West Coast saw 150 volunteers and some of New Zealand’s leading scientists attempt…
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North and south

The rifleman is New Zealand’s smallest bird. Its Maori name, titipounamu, means little greenstone bird. In the far south on Rakiura/Stewart Island they were extinct with only a remnant…
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The professionals

Volunteer instruction in tramping and mountaineering clubs has served an important role in New Zealand’s outdoor culture but a number of high profile accidents has seen clubs turn to…
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Still water

The Upper Clutha River is a favourite spot for anglers, rafters and kayakers. However, this still water hides the presence of didymo – an introduced algal pest – that…
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Testing anchors

Matt Bennett, Training Manager with the Sir Edmund Hilary Outdoor Pursuits Centre, coaches a group of New Zealand Alpine Club volunteer instructors in destruction-testing snow anchors. After the death…
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Nice Exposure

Helen Norrie on Alack Attack (Grade 4+) an ice climb near Pioneer Hut on Fox Glacier. Paul Bird belaying off-camera and Mt Douglas in the background. Climbing as a…
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Perspectives

Hotshot by Fraser Crichton I took this at Muller Hut while volunteering as the hut warden last spring. It was a beautiful morning and the cloud was clearing round…
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