March 2015

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Table of contents, March 2015

18 Wilderness Outdoor Awards – the finalists
See which stores, brands and heroes made the list and find out how to vote for the winners

38 Not a trip for bunnies
Overcoming the waterfall face on Rabbit Pass… and its fearsome reputation

44 The 2015 Wilderness photo competition winners
Enjoy the magnificent shots that won this year’s event

52 An extraordinary journey
Exploring the magic of the Hollyford Track


24 Classic West Coast circuit
Bluff Hut, Hokitika catchments

26 No boundaries
Boundary Creek, Hawea Conservation Area

24 See more
Northern rata



6 Editorial

8 Pigeon post
Letters to the editor

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

11 Walkshorts
News and events

14 Five reasons to get outside this month

14 Wilderness Word

16 Gear News
The latest in gear tech and innovation

22 Wild people
Adventurer Grant Rawlinson uses his annual leave like no other

30 Off the Beaten Track
A week-long epic around the Arrowsmiths

36 Wild comment
The closure of the access road to the Remarkables Conservation Area sets a dangerous precedent

37 Wild comment
Can walkers and cyclists co-exist on the same track?


86 Out there
The psychologist’s explanation as to why we go tramping

88 Hotshot
Moonrise over Syme Hut

The Manual
Trips, skills, health, gear

62 Dun Mountain and Little Twin, Mt Richmond Forest Park
64 Advance Peak, Macetown Historic Reserve
66 Mt Richardson, Mt Thomas Forest
67 Te Puia Lodge via Middle Hill Hut, Kaweka Forest Park
68 Home Bay via Rangitoto, Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

69 Wild Range
Barron Ridge, Arthur’s Pass National Park

72 Wild review
Single person tents

76 Skills
Escape a forest fire
Safely start a fire
Check your stove’s still up to scratch
Hold your walking poles correctly

77 Wild cuisine
Devilishly good couscous

78 Buyer’s guide
78 Sleeping bags
82 Sleeping mats