April 2020

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In the April 2020 issue


30 Beyond the Brass Monkey
A trip to the Lewis Pass tops

36 A legacy trail
Riding the Mangapurua and Kaiwhakauka tracks to the Bridge to Nowhere

40 2020 photo competition winners
View the winning images in this year’s photo competition

48 To summit or not to summit?
How Māori tikanga fits in with summiting mountains

52 Return to the trail
Returning to tramping after breast cancer

56 The injuries you can’t see
The internal struggles of injury recovery


16 See more…
Places named after the pioneering Harper family

18 Off the radar
Ministry of Works Historic Hut, Kahurangi National Park

20 A cure for the itch
Sandy Bay/Otangawhiti, Northland

22 The French connection
Explore five places the French first landed

24 Hot work on Neill Ridge
Mt Hector, via Neill Ridge, Tararua Forest Park

26 A park for all seasons
Duder Regional Park, Auckland

28 Take the high road
Cairnmuir Hill Track, Central Otago

29 On top of the world
Avalanche Peak, via Scotts Track, Arthur’s Pass National Park


62 Wild cuisine
Deluxe toasted sandwiches

63 Photo school
Capture the feels

64 Wild skills
Fix a punctured air mattress

65 Bird spotting
Bar-tailed godwit

66 Navigation
Navigating through confirmation bias


71 What’s in my pack
FMC’s Backcountry editor Peter Laurenson shares what he packs

74 Broken in
Wilderness staff and gear reviewers test their kit for you

68 First look reviews
Sierra Cloud 20 sleeping bag, Lowa Ticam Pro GTX

69 Daypack review
Two daypacks designed for fast and light adventures

70 Broken in reviews
Wilderness staff and gear reviewers test their kit for you

Gear guides
72 2020’s best raincoats
75 2020’s best sleeping mats and pillows


4 Editorial

6 Pigeon post
Letters to the editor

8 Last weekend
What did you get up to last weekend?

10 Walkshorts
News from the wild

12 Wilderness word
Enter our crossword competition to win great prizes

14 Keeping up with down prices
Delving into the fluctuating price of down

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