March 2016

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Table of Contents, March 2016

28 The perfect week in Nelson Lakes National Park
The best climbs, views, mountain lakes, valleys and sunrises

38 None shall pass
How blunders and missteps have seen large parts of Ruahine Forest Park blocked to trampers

44 The forgotten face of Mt Aspiring
The inside story on the first ascent of Mt Aspiring’s North West Face


20 True solitude
Barker Hut, Arthur’s Pass National Park

22 Kahurangi high
Mt Owen, Kahurangi National Park

24 See more
Troublesome tributaries


6 Editorial

7 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

14 Wild people
The hardy ex-Forest Service team bringing huts to their former glory

16 Wild birds
The grey warbler

18 Photo school
How to capture those never-sit-still forest birds

26 Wild comment
The Redwoods is a triumph of cooperation

27 Wild families
Ten myths of family tramping

32 Off the beaten track
Exploring the extensive cave network beneath Mt Owen

78 Out there
How a rafting trip can change your view of rivers

80 Hotshot
Catching the sun’s rays on Stewart Island

The Manual
Trips, skills, health, gear

56 Hinapouri Tarn via 3rd Basin, Nelson Lakes National Park
58 Burn Hut, Tararua Forest Park
59 Ballarat Hut, Mt Aurum Recreation Reserve
60 Hakarimata Walkway, Hakarimata Scenic Reserve

61 Wild Range
The Takitimu Mountains, Takitimu Conservation Area

64 Skills and cuisine
How much tramping ‘buys’ you a pie?
Get alpine fit
Quadriceps stretch
Chocolate brownie bites
Bulgur wheat salad

66 Wild review
Five multiday packs put to the test

68 Gear news
The latest in outdoor gear trends and innovation

69 First look review
Helinox’s ultra compact and light walking poles

70 Buyer’s guide
How to buy your next sleeping bag and sleeping mat