The value of risk

Wild Comment

Paul Hersey asks if taking risks in the outdoors equip us better for the ‘real world’ Kynan Bazley, a good friend, once told me that ‘the dignity of risk should...

Winter trips to get you pumped

Wild winter

Base yourself at a hut for some seriously cool winter exploration. By Paul Hersey From countless options, here are five trips worthy of consideration. Make sure you check with DOC...

Are we having fun yet?

Wild winter

Backcountry travel in winter is a serious proposition, but it can also be enticing and and the mountains look spectacular. By Paul Hersey The forecast was solid. The temperature had...

New routes or old classics

Wild Climbing

The risk of foregoing a guaranteed climb by seeking out new routes can be rewarded with the founding of a classic. What’s better: to seek out the vague possibilities of...

Climb a 3000m South Island peak

Features, Fitness

Think you’re a good tramper, sea kayaker, climber, mountain biker and skier? Shift your horizons with one of these game-changing adventures   You have: Climbed Mt Ruapehu You want: To...

Climber's high

Features, Wild Climbing

Are climbers who use performance-enhancing drugs cheating their way to the top or simply trying to survive the extreme environment found at high altitude? Paul Hersey investigates Drug-taking in sport...

Punch up at 7000m

Features, Wild Climbing

A fight between Sherpas and foreigners on Everest is a sign of tension between largely poor locals and wealthy tourists At first I couldn’t believe the reports: There had been...

Fallen climbers

Wild People

Marty and Denali Schmidt killed on world’s most dangerous mountain New Zealand climbers Marty Schmidt, 53, and his son Denali, 25, were killed in an avalanche which swept through Camp...

2017's best four-season boots

Gear Guides

A four season boot needs to perform in a range of challenging conditions while still remaining comfortable. The fit is the most critical aspect in achieving this, but there are...