Pigeon Post, October 2013

Pigeon Post

Letter of the month: More tips for family adventures Thanks for the family focus in the August 2013 issue. I really enjoyed the article ‘Through the ages’ for the glimpse it...

How to carry your PLB

Skills

Wilderness asked Mike Hill from the Rescue Coordination Centre for his advice on where to carry your personal locator beacon (PLB). He suggests to place your PLB either in a zipped pocket of your trousers...

How to tie a bowline knot

Skills

The bowline knot is a straightforward, secure loop that’s useful for tying a tarp or hammock to a tree. It’s also useful in a rescue situation, looping rope around a...

15 of NZ's best backcountry lakes

Features

Often the highlight of a great trip in the hills, backcountry lakes provide idyllic camping spots, bracing dips and scenery second to none. We take you to 15 of the...

Walkshorts, December 2015

Walkshorts

Climb, Fix, Fell A party of four climbers had a memorable – and active – Labour Weekend, topping out on Mt Arrowsmith, 2781m, making repairs to Cameron Hut and felling...

Pigeon Post, December 2015

Pigeon Post

Letter of the month: The power of Wilderness With a four-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son, opportunities for my husband and I to get out tramping have been limited in recent...

First-time packing guide

Skills

For those new to tramping, it can be tough to figure out what you need to pack – and what you don’t – on an overnight or multi-day trip. Meghan...

Make fire with reading glasses

Skills

If you’ve got to the age when reading glasses are a part of your life, you have a handy little trick to impress your smug, better-sighted tramping counterparts who have...

Live for the outdoors

Features

Meghan Walker looks at the impact made by philanthropic trampers and mountaineers who have fostered outdoor recreation long after their deaths Michael Taylor lived for the outdoors. Former president and...

Wilderness Outdoor Awards 2016 Nominees

Features

Wilderness readers have spoken, and the nominations have been compiled into a stellar list for this year’s Outdoor Awards. Each nominee was chosen from a lengthy list of entries, whittled...

The good life

Features

Foraging for food isn’t about looking through rubbish bins, it’s about finding organic and healthy fruit, herbs and even roadkill in wild and urban environments. Meghan Walker goes in search...

Just add water

Wild Cuisine, Wild People

Absolute Wilderness co-founder Andrew MacDonald is taking backcountry cuisine back to basics, one ingredient at a time. One of the most magical parts of tramping is the moment you prop...

Book early for Great Walks

Walkshorts, Free Articles

It’s already time to start planning next summer’s Great Walks: 2016/2017 bookings for the country’s most popular tramps open the first week of May. Bookings for the Whanganui Journey, Routeburn...

Amphibious explorers

Features

If you’ve ever gazed longingly at a swiftly moving river while on a long and arduous tramp and thought there must be an easier way down the trail, you’re in...

Sounds from the trail

Features, Free Articles

An overnight trip to Pinnacles Hut – many a tramper’s first time hut experience – is the perfect introduction to our new podcast series, Sounds from the Trail This month,...

Walking with a purpose

Wild People

Kelly Purdie is walking 4500km around the South Island, educating people about Juvenile Parkinson’s Disease along the way. Wilderness catches up with her at kilometre 1385 For Kelly Purdie, walking 4500km...

Waikaremoana walkabout

Wild Trips

Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, Te Urewera When trying to make a last-minute booking for a Great Walk over a long weekend, one has to be flexible. But with its plethora...

Then along came a helicopter

Features

Even as DOC plans to increase helicopter flights to the Ngapunatoru Ice Plateau from 10 to 80 a day, the intrusion of these loud flying machines in backcountry areas is already...

The young and the restless

Wild Club, Wild People

Rathkeale College Tramping Club isn’t averse to risk-taking in the outdoors There’s a crucial ingredient in every tramping trip that goes beyond gear, food, and navigation devices. It’s trust, and...

Beacon and sausages

Wild Survival

After falling down a ravine with a pack full of snarlers, Don Stevens was plucked from the Tararuas in the nick of time thanks to a new high-flying satellite network....

Pathways to Adventure

Podcast, Free Articles

A group of trampers, hunters, mountain bikers, and environmentalists converged for a Federated Mountain Clubs workshop in the Kaimai Ranges to discuss how to improve their local stomping grounds.

Escape the office

Outdoor careers

A job in the outdoors doesn’t have to be something you do until you find a ‘real’ job. Rewarding career paths exist for those who want a lifetime outside Sash...

Kiwi backs First Nation tribes

Wild People

A zoologist-turned-filmmaker gives the world a glimpse into the pristine northern Canada backcountry, where conservation efforts and the mining industry are at odds When Simon Lucas set out into the...

Sole searching

Features

Do you really need heavy, high–top boots for all your tramps? Wilderness readers share their opinion These days, trampers are spoiled for choice when it comes to footwear. There are a...

Mischief in the mountains

Conservation

Once considered a pest to be eradicated, kea are now nationally endangered. Meghan Walker finds out how conservationists are taking steps to save the inquisitive alpine parrot Kea are cheeky....

Racing the ranges

Wild People

Tackling the Tararua’s S-K route is already a feat in itself, but could you do the 80km journey in less than a day? High in the Tararua Forest Park, there’s...

Enjoying the journey

Wild People

Not long ago, Nick Allen had limited mobility and could only get around with the help of a wheelchair. Now, he’s climbing peaks in the Himalayas and redefining what it...

Suburban wilderness wins

Walkshorts, Free Articles

A developer’s plan to build 750 new houses in Okura has been dashed after strong public outcry There’s an oasis of bush on the North Shore. Nestled between suburban neighborhoods,...

A dark Heron

Hotshot

We timed our trip to Cameron Hut to coincide with winter’s first big snow. Before tackling the track, we camped a night at Lake Heron under perfectly clear skies. –...

5 backpack hacks

Skills

It’s one of the most important pieces of gear you’ll haul up the mountain, and should be treated with respect. Here are a few tips on how to care for...

Identity crisis

Features, 25th Anniversary

Two hugely successful film trilogies have changed how New Zealanders identify with themselves and the outdoors. By Meghan Walker What was New Zealand before it was Middle-earth? Back in the...

The bird lady

Conservation, Wild People

Known as ‘The Bird Lady’, Sylvia Durrant has been nursing sick and injured birds for three decades. Cat bites, concussions and broken legs: these are just a few of the ailments...

Suburban wilderness wins

Conservation

A developer’s plan to build 750 new houses in Okura has been dashed after strong public outcry There’s an oasis of bush on Auckland’s North Shore. Nestled between suburban neighborhoods,...

Adventure, post, like

Features

Are adrenalin-inducing sports and summit selfies objectifying nature and feeding our egos, or helping create a new generation of conservation-minded outdoors people?  From an early age, Craig Potton had a...

Making waves, cleaning beaches

Wild People

From the Galapagos to Great Barrier Island, Sustainable Coastlines co-founder Sam Judd is cleaning up beaches and waterways with help from surprising places It was a shark bite that changed...

Bushcraft 101

Features, Skills

Taking it back to basics, Meghan Walker signs up for a bushcraft course to learn the A-B-Cs of tramping I have a confession to make. Even though I’m A) in...

The business of being outdoors

Features, Wild Gear

From blister protection to rooftop camping and social networking for outdoor enthusiasts, these young entrepreneurs are making their marks in the outdoors industry.  The first time Beth Eastell and Joel Hedges saw a...

The North Face turns 50 years young

Free Articles

The North Face is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year; the outdoor outfitters company, started by American adventurer Doug Tompkins, opened its doors in 1966 in San Francisco. Despite humble...

Into the bush to belong

Features

In multicultural Auckland, where refugee students rub shoulders with immigrants and other ethnic minorities, the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award helps people from diverse backgrounds assimilate into New Zealand society....

Dirty and sandblasted

Te Araroa Trail

We check in with those walking Te Araroa Trail this season and find the mud of Raetea Forest a challenge for everyone Bettina Grotschel, 34, Germany Start date: October 14...

The missing link

Conservation

A crowdfunding campaign has helped save a vital slice of regenerating wetland in Auckland THE MATUKU Link is not pristine, insists John Staniland. Rather, it’s the result of many decades of...

Beacon usage rose in 2016

Walkshorts, Free Articles

The number of people who are carrying and activating rescue beacons is on the rise. There were 230 land-based beacon activations in 2016, 152 of which necessitated rescues. Nationwide, the...

Gorge-ous descents

Features, Canyoning

From abseiling down waterfalls to cliff jumping into deep blue pools, canyoning offers an experience few have tried PERCHED ON MASSIVE boulders amongst pools of sparkling waters at the top of Sleeping God...

A lifetime of summits

Wild Climbing, Wild People

Penny Webster has finished her 37-year mission to bag all of New Zealand’s 3000m peaks Despite climbing 24 of New Zealand’s 3000m peaks, mountain climber Penny Webster still calls herself...

Time for a rest stop

Te Araroa Trail

We check in with those walking Te Araroa Trail this season and find rest is on everyone’s minds  Maria Weinmann, 43, Germany, and David Kleber, 50, USA Start date: November...

Personal locator beacons

Gear Guides

For those who regularly head into the backcountry, a personal locator beacon (PLB) is an essential item Where to buy Most outdoors stores will sell PLBs, and a few will...

No tramper left behind

Features

From ad hoc hiking groups formed online to decades-old tramping buddies, a look at how leadership can make or break a tramping trip.  There’s a phenomenon in tramping that Noel...

Into the south

Te Araroa Trail, Free Articles

Our Te Araroa hikers embrace the beauty, ruggedness, and unpredictable weather of the South Island.  Bettina Grotschel, 34, Germany Start date: October 14 Bettina Grotschel is in the heart of the South Island,...

A hidden gem

Conservation

Saved from the axe over 50 years ago, Herbert Forest is one of the last native forests of north-east Otago.  In the 1960s, a small act of defiance saved what...

Guardians of the estate

Features

Often under a scrutinous eye, DOC handles an extraordinary number of decisions about the conservation estate. Meghan Walker looks at how these decisions are made, and if there’s a need for greater...

Green with envy

Classic Tracks

Meghan Walker tackles the Greenstone-Caples Track and finds it a cruisy and idyllic alternative to the nearby Great Walks  Unless you plan your tramping holidays half a year in advance, it’s...

Young guns

Wild People, Free Articles

Teens in Tauranga are learning search and rescue skills to help diversify an aging volunteer base. There’s a trend among search and rescue volunteers. They tend to be mostly male and over...

Bittersweet departures

Te Araroa Trail, Free Articles

Our first TA walker reaches Bluff, while others have to pull out early   Bettina Grotschel, 35, Germany Start date: October 14 Bettina Grotschel has finished the trail, celebrating after 133...

Clubbing together to gain skills

Features, Skills

Two years after the Mountain Safety Council quit providing skills courses, tramping clubs and alternative providers have stepped into the breach. Meghan Walker looks at the options For Dunedinite Tania...

Outside of time

Wild People, Free Articles

What would it be like to throw away your watch, sell your belongings and move into the wilderness, full-time? Miriam Lancewood talks about her off-the-grid lifestyle Seven years ago, Miriam Lancewood and...

End of the road

Walkshorts

Three more of our Te Araroa walkers have finished their journeys; Michelle Campbell, Jack Faulkner, and William Penwell have all reached Bluff. Campbell and Faulkner ran into a dozen other...

Hut of the Year gets some TLC

Walkshorts

A group of volunteers recently spent some time sprucing up Wilderness’s 2016 Hut of the Year, Ivory Lake Hut. The remote hut sits at the headwaters of the Waitaha River,...

Wheelchair access on the Hollyford Track?

Walkshorts

A landscape architecture student from Wellington has created a redesign of the Hollyford Track to make it wheelchair accessible. Matt McKone, an avid tramper, completed the redesign for his master’s...

Part of the pod

Wild People

Aided by unusually idyllic weather, Scott Sinton paddled 150km through Fiordland’s Doubtful Sound.  About a year ago, Scott Sinton was on a boat tour in Doubtful Sound. While puttering around...

Rat race

Wild People

What if conservation was turned into a game? Kill a rat, get a point: that’s the premise of Squawk Squad’s pest control programme.  For Fraser McConnell, getting people to care...

Olympic hopeful

Wild People

Sarah Hay is one of New Zealand’s best rock climbers, and could be a contender for Tokyo 2020. It’s an uncommon origin story; how does one go from being a...

Pigeon Post, July 2017

Pigeon Post

Letter of the month E-bikes no conundrum Anti-rationalists always seek to establish the idea that there are valid counter-arguments for every plain fact, and that to ignore such arguments is...

My land, my castle

Features

Access to recreation on private land is on shaky ground, with landowners increasingly denying access based on perceived health and safety liabilities. Meghan Walker investigates whether those fears are justified,...

Free to roam

Education

A new school offers a different type of education – one focussed on outdoor play. It’s 11am on a Monday morning at a little school next to the bushy Clevedon...

Te Araroa bolsters trailside businesses

Walkshorts

The increased number of Te Araroa Trail thru-hikers has boosted local economy in trailside communities. According to Te Araroa Trust chair David McGregor, the 550 walkers over the past year...

Five tramping hacks

Skills

Impress your friends and embrace ingenuity with these handy hacks. 1. Keep your pots rust-free You know those little silica gel packs that seem to be in almost everything you buy?...

Island paradise

Features, Sea kayaking

A five-day kayak circumnavigation of one of New Zealand’s most beautiful places, Great Barrier Island. When the first salty wave crashed over my face, soaking me thoroughly and blurring my...

2018's best personal locator beacons

Gear Guides

For those who regularly head into the backcountry, a personal locator beacon (PLB) is an essential item. Where to buy Most outdoors stores will sell PLBs, and a few will even offer...

Cycling for change

Wild People

Libby Bowles is cycling around New Zealand, inspiring children to ‘tread lighter’ and help reduce the amount of plastic entering the ocean.  For the past month, Libby Bowles has been biking around the North...

Van life

Features

I wake at dawn, roll over, and pull back the curtain just enough to see the smoke rising from a nearby campsite. It’s nearly 7am, which means it’s time to...