July 2018

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Table of contents, July 2018

36 Getting started
Everything you need to know to go on your first ski touring trip

62 Dying to tramp
Why do 11 trampers and climbers die in the backcountry each year?

68 Closing the ZIP on possums
An innovative predator control project aims to eradicate possums from 12,000ha forever

74 Survival of the whio
Has a huge 1080 drop in the Ruahines helped bring whio back from the brink?

Waypoints and trips

18 In the shadow of Sawtooth
Tarn Bivouac, Ruahine Forest Park

20 Good morning sunshine
Tasman Lake, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

22 See more
Four of the most accessible fiords

24 Beyond Mt Brown
Newton Range Bivouac via Mt Brown, West Coast

28 Forest gold
Karaka Tramping Track, Coromandel Forest Park

29 Spur-ious tramping
Dorset Ridge Hut and Mid King Bivouac, Tararua Forest Park

30 Hide and seek
Hidden Lake, Oteake Conservation Park

32 Classic track
Circumnavigating Mt Ruapehu on the Round the Mountain Track


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

13 Wilderness word
Enter our crossword competition to win great prizes

16 A life Aspiring
Aaron Nicholson ran one of the country’s busiest search and rescue teams for nearly two decades

44 Wild comment
Some people just don’t get hut etiquette

82 Track chat
Cactus Outdoor co-founder Ben Kepes on why the company will continue to manufacture in NZ


44 Photo school: Principles of mountain photography
45 Keeping upright in strong winds
46 Wild cuisine: Barley, pea and mushroom risotto
47 Bird spotting: New Zealand scaup


50 What’s in my pack
Te Araroa Trail tramper Sarah May Little shares what she packed for the long-haul trip

52 Buyer’s guide
55 Outdoor Socks

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