July 2019

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July 2019

20 Growing pains
A volunteer hut warden finds herself in a unique position to hear about the growing pains of the Te Araroa Trail

44 Ice, ice, baby
What happens when a first-time ice climber straps on a pair of crampons and ice axes

50 Walking on sunshine
A snowshoe exploration of the Pisa Range proves these simple tools are the key to unlocking the backcountry in winter

58 Hypothermia: The silent menace
Knowing the enemy can be the difference between life and death in the backcountry

64 Nature’s antidote
Therapists are taking note of the mental health benefits of spending time outdoors


22 See more… Best bivs
Small shelters best shared with a very good friend

24 Tramp of the trolls
Lake Wilson, Mt Aspiring National Park

26 Morning sun at Upper Tama
Upper Tama, Tongariro National Park

28 Perfect for winter
The Cassidy to Temple Basin traverse

30 Up, up and at ‘em
Travers (A Frame) Hut, Ruahine Forest Park

31 Nature’s kaleidoscope
Point Elizabeth Track, Greymouth

32 A magical history tour
Wenderholm Regional Park, Auckland

33 Headland high
Headlands Track, Abel Tasman National Park

34 Great southern land
Traversing Stewart Island’s Tin Range

40 Sultans of Swing
How to ride the fabled Old Ghost Road


56 Wild cuisine: Mountain muesli

57 Skills: How to get a warm night’s sleep

58 Back to basics: how to attach an ice axe to your pack

59 Bird spotting: Australian coot

60 Navigation: Handrails and catching tools


62 Microfleece macro problem
Tiny particles from outdoor clothing are causing an environmental headache

64 Wild review
Raincoats for less than $400
66 Sports bras

68 Gear guides
70 Socks

74 What’s in my pack?
Author and Te Araroa Trail veteran Laura Waters


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

12 Trail life
Cartoons from the track

14 Near miss
How a wrong turn in the Tararuas spurred a private trail-marking mission

20 Boots best before date
After two pairs of boots suddenly fall apart, this tramper reckons they need a best sold before date.

21 With hypothermia, caution is the better part of valour
A reader shares her own harrowing close-calls with hypothermia

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