Tramping through the ages

Wild Families

Advice for parents with children of all ages on how to cope with toilet training, teenage blushes and how to keep the kids coming back for more. Maybe you are...

The joy of the familiar

Wild Families

Children make even the most seemingly mundane outdoor trips an absolute joy I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that before I had children I was set in my ways about...

The food has to be good

Wild Families

Jo Stilwell asks her kids – and those of her friends – to share what they like most, and least, about tramping. Parents take note… We are very good friends...

Giving your kids the boot

Wild Families

Buying expensive tramping boots for your children can be a big ask, but, as Jo Stilwell discovers, good boots can go a long way   I remember the exact incident...

Hunter’s bivvy hideaway

Wild Trips

Bob’s Camp Biv, Mt Thomas Conservation Area With a forecast of torrential rain on the West Coast I needed somewhere east of the Divide, relatively sheltered from the predicted gale-force...

No. 9 - Go bush-bashing

The Life List

Bush-bashing might not be everyone’s idea of a good time in the hills, but if you’re willing to give it a go, a whole world of new opportunities will be...

How to raise adventurous girls

Wild Families

Don’t be over-protective – let them make decisions and take risks Alice, our 19 year-old daughter, has recently joined both her university tramping club and the New Zealand Alpine Club....

An Unknown highlight

Waypoints, Wild Trips

High above the Dart River, among the ranges of Mt Aspiring National Park, sits an alpine lake with an unrivalled sense of majesty and grandeur. While Lake Unknown might live...

An Ella’va tramp

Off the Beaten Track

“I think you better give me the tent”, suggests Margaret. “You resent carrying it.” Oh no, had I made it that obvious? I suppose I did mention more than once...

Rab Sawtooth pants - review

Broken in

Rab Sawtooth pants Specs: $229, 415g (m) / 365g (w)Used by: Features and trips writer Jo ‘warm legs’ StilwellUsed for: Three years In the past few years I’ve morphed into...