February 2020

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In the February 2020 issue

34 Far from Miserable
A steep climb to Miserable Ridge reveals a wonderful campsite

40 Steam, steel and timber
The Ohakune Old Coach Road is a trail more than 100 years in the making

44 My favourite tramp
The favourite trip of New Zealand tramping legends, authors and guides

52 Tastes of the trail
Culinary secrets, cravings, and how to sustain yourself on the 3000km Te Araroa Trail


20 See more…
Places featuring the name ‘Unknown’

22 Topped out in the Bay
Traversing the Hawke’s Bay Ridge in Ruahine Forest Park

24 Obscure tarn getaway
Mt Dora Tarns, Molesworth Recreation Reserve

26 The mighty Mount
Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

27 A perfect introduction to tramping
Papatahi Hut, Remutaka Forest Park

28 Aspiring’s alpine wonderland
Park Pass Glacier, Mt Aspiring National Park

30 Cinematic circuit
Walking the Gillespie Pass Circuit in Mt Aspiring National Park


58 Navigation: Using a compass when there is no visibility

59 Photo school: Change your perspective

60 Wild cuisine: Baked fudge protein bites

61 Bird spotting: Black-fronted dotterel


18 The science of solar
Is portable solar technology a practical solution for charging devices on the trail, or just hot air?

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

63 What’s in my pack
Guide book author and long-time tramper Pat Barrett shares his kit list

Gear guides
How to buy a personal locator beacon

66 2020’s best knives and multi-tools

68 A guide to water filters and purifiers


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 Outdoor photograph of the year
Enter the 2020 Wilderness photo competition

16 Wild people
Elina Osborne dealt with her post-long trail blues by documenting her journey in a film

74 Track chat
Geoff Spearpoint discusses his latest book: The Great Unknown

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