August 2015

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Table of contents, August 2015

16 Father’s Day gift guide
Buy dad the perfect tramping present

25 Design New Zealand’s backcountry flag
Get your design flown from the top of Aoraki/Mt Cook

37 Death of the backcountry singalong
Why this popular pastime became extinct

42 Winging it at Aspiring
Descents don’t get more fun than leaping off a cliff edge in a paraglider

48 Cycle touring Central Otago
Three back-to-back trails make one epic ride

56 Outdoor careers
56 The world’s best commute – meet those who walk the Heaphy and Routeburn for a living
58 How building rafts and climbing walls might just land you a job in the ‘real world’
60 Why sustainability is a growing focus of outdoor ed and


20 Roadman’s shelter
Historic Jacks Hut, Arthur’s Pass National Park

22 Light fantastic
Syme Hut, Egmont National Park

24 See more
Backcountry arch bridges


4 Editorial

6 Pigeon post
Letters to the editor

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

10 Walkshorts
News and events

13 Gear News
The latest gear tech and innovation

14 Reader tips
Readers recommend recently discovered secrets

14 Wilderness Word

28 Wild people
Lydia Bradey talks about being at the centre of one of climbing’s greatest controversies

30 Wild People
Meet the owners of an iconic mountain lodge

31 Wild comment
Are hazard signs in our parks themselves a hazard?

32 Off the Beaten Track
Seven-day trip to Marks Flat in the West Coast’s Solution Range

78 Out There
Overcoming the intolerance and fanaticism of dietary habits

80 Hotshot
Ascent of Boanerges, Ruataniwha Conservation Park

The Manual
Trips, skills, health, gear

Excelsior Peak, Takatimu Conservation Area, Southland
64 Earnslaw Hut, Mt Aspiring National Park
65 Pukeiti, Taranaki
66 Lower Matakuhia Hut, Waipunga Forest, Hawke’s Bay

68 Wild Range
Cloudy Peak Range, Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park, Canterbury

72 Wild review
72 A first look review of the Soto Windmaster and Patagonia Nano Air
73 Child carriers

74 Skills, fitness and cuisine
Hydration from the serious cold
Ten essentials checklist for your next trip
Avoid blisters, buy the right boots
Yoga move to strengthen your legs
Make your own spicy minestrone