July 2015

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Table of contents, July 2015

32 Shifting sands of time
Geology’s answer to Sherlock Holmes shares the secrets hidden in our rocks

22 Three tramps, seven days
Only in New Zealand: a week crammed with unparalleled diversity

30 Miniature hikes and huts
The artists who have bought the backcountry to the city

44 Queenstown’s Haute Route
Is it possible New Zealand has a High Route to rival Europe’s famed ski route


14 A Godley experience
Godley Valley, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

16 See more


4 Editorial

5 Pigeon post
Letters to the editor

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

8 Walkshorts
News and events

11 Gear News
The latest gear tech and innovation

12 Five reasons to get outside this month

12 Wilderness Word

18 Wild people
Norman Hardie reflects on the 60th anniversary of climbing a Himalayan peak considered harder than Hillary’s ascent of Everest

20 Wild people
One man’s mission to reach every DOC hut in as many days

27 Wild families
Why enjoying the hills with your parents is something you won’t regret

28 Wild comment
Should DOC have told this group of experienced trampers to move on from their remote campsite

29 Wild comment
Belgian tramper defends allegations against Te Araroa Trail walkers

38 Off the Beaten Track
Exploring unchartered canyons in a pioneering expedition

80 Hotshot
Peak to peak

The Manual
Trips, skills, health, gear

52 Skills, fitness and cuisine
Conserving energy on winter hills
Be seen by a rescue helicopter
Yoga move to stretch hips
Banana and Bacon pancakes

54 Wild Review
The best wet weather jacket put through their paces

56 First look review
Black Diamond walking poles, Benchmade’s Hunter knife and Therm-A-Rest’s NeoAir

57 Wild Range
St Bathans Range, Oteake Conservation Park, Otago

60 Homestead Hill Spur, Hakatere Conservation Park
61 Waipakihi Hut via Waipakihi River, Kaimanawa Forest Park
62 Tutoko Valley Track, Fiordland National Park
64 Taraire Ridge and Pukenui Loop Tracks, Pukenui Forest Park, Northland


65 Buyer’s guide
65 How to buy the right headlamp
68 Stay blister free with our sock buyer’s guide

Country Walking
Easy walks and weekend getaways

72 Disputed territory
What if landowners refuse to acknowledge your right of way?

73 Warm winter picnic
Tow soup recipes to warm the cockles

74 The landlocked island
A relaxing weekend in Waikato

76 Pyramids on the peninsula
Two short walks on the Otago Peninsula