Changes through the ages

Features

Ricky French talks to some tramping legends to find out how times have changed and why the lure of the hills remains even as we become less able to explore...

Hidden huts of the Orongorongos

Features

A quirk of history has seen dozens of private huts built in the Orongorongo Valley in Rimutaka Forest Park. Ricky French examines what will happen when occupancy licences expire in...

Catching the sunrise

Wild Trips

Waipawa Saddle Circuit, Ruahine Forest Park / Moderate For the North Island tramper seeking a weekend experience that encompasses all the necessary staples, the Ruahines is your range. Steep, crumbling...

Three tramps, seven days

Wild Trips

When you’ve got a spare week up your sleeve how do you spend it? If you’re Ricky French you cram three diverse tramps into seven madcap days We tend to...

Last week was better

Features

Murphy’s Law: after the driest summer on record, Ricky French gets hit by a West Coast deluge and is forced to make a life and death decision It had been...

Ladders! Bridges! Fires!

Features

Tramping with kids is more exciting than you might think, as Ricky French discovers when he takes three children around Egmont National Park’s Pouakai Circuit On paper, it looked like...

Tramping mistakes to avoid

Features, Skills

Make one of these booboos and someone might mutter ‘amateur’ under their breath, but in all honesty, who hasn’t made one of these classic tramping mistakes? We all think we’re...

Camping, but without the tent

Wild Families

Extended family camping holidays at a hut are a good way to discover hidden secrets often missed by those passing through In a previous column I spoke about the concept...

Sneakers will do

Wild Families

You don’t need to kit the kids out in the latest wonder-gear for them to enjoy the outdoors If you’re a lover of the outdoors, you can’t beat that feeling...

Your tramping horoscope

Features

What’s in store for you over the next year? Ricky French looks to the stars to tell your tramping future   Aries ~ March  21 – April 19 It used to...

C’mon baby light my fire

Features, Wild romance

Finding that special someone to share your tramping adventures with is super easy with the Firelighters dating app. Tramping can bring people together in the most unexpected ways. Generally, though,...

Winter tramps with kids

Wild Families

Winter offers a fridge to keep cheesecake and other treats cool As we hurtle onwards into the frigid depths of another New Zealand winter, the mere thought of tramping provokes...

Along the knife-edge

Off the Beaten Track

Of the few knife-edge ridges in Tararua Forest Park, the Broken Axe Pinnacles are the most gripping. For a moment, I thought we’d come to the wrong forest park. The...

Your 2020 tramping horoscope

Features

What does your tramping year have in store for you? Ricky French consulted the stars to find out AriesYou’re one of life’s great plodders. You take perverse pleasure in holding the group...