June 2015

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Table of contents, June 2015

38 Who will train our trampers?
How wise is the Mountain Safety Council’s decision to axe its outdoor skills courses?

44 Your best winter ever
14 ways to make this a season to remember

54 Freedom of the ice
Spend a few unforgettable days ski touring the Tasman Glacier

58 Snow gear
Above the snowline tools and equipment



22 Alpine Sanctuary
Colin Todd Hut, Mt Aspiring National Park

24 Aged to perfection
Tongariro National Park

26 Top three
The best tramps on newly opened Motatapu high country

27 See more
Brocken spectres



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 Five reasons to get outside this month

14 Wilderness Word

16 Wild people
Architect Ron Pynenburg on designing backcountry huts and how they might look in the future

18 Wild people
Jory Akuhata walks the Te Araroa Trail as his ancestors may have done

19 Wild Survival
One man’s week-long fight for survival in West Coast tiger country

30 Wild comment
Figures show the death of tramping has been greatly exaggerated

32 Off the Beaten Track
Looking for floating gold, wildlife and somewhere dry on Stewart Island’s Southern Circuit

57 Wild comment
Why cold huts don’t help advancing age

86 Out there
Should we blame DOC for all the ills of the backcountry?

88 Hotshot
Juvenile tui

The Manual
Trips, skills, health, gear

66 Percy Burn Hut, Fiordland National Park
68 Carroll Hut, Arthur’s Pass National Park
69 Arapuni Suspension Bridge, Waikato
70 Mueller Hut, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
72 Crosbies Hut, Coromandel Forest Park

73 Wild Range
Ikawhenua Range, Te Urewera

76 Skills, fitness and cuisine
Stay warm in the bitter cold
Yoga move to get you tramping fit
How to approach your next winter trip
Grilled field mushrooms

78 Wild review
The best three-season sleeping bags for less than $600

80 First look review
An exclusive first review of Montane pants and Macpac’s latest Cascade pack

81 Buyer’s guide
Tips for buying an insulated jacket plus 14 of the best models