May 2015

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Table of contents, May 2015

20 We’re not alone
Comparing our peaks with those abroad – are we as special as we think?

27 Trouble in the Tararuas
The straightforward trip that almost ended in tragedy

36 The 2015 Outdoor Awards
The winners have been announced – who will be crowned?

40 Gear of the Year
New this year – the best gear we’ve reviewed over the past 12 months

48 A warm welcome
Why building a 27km trail through Central Otago by hand is finally paying off

54 Bright young things
The kids who get stuck in to conservation work


16 Sunrise on Ngauruhoe
Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park

18 Rugged and remote
Sir Robert Hut, Westland

23 See more
Places named Misery


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

14 Five reasons to get outside this month

14 Wilderness Word

24 Wild people
How Josh James went from possum trapper to Discovery Channel’s latest star

26 Wild families
Why the first tramp without the folks is every youngster’s rite of passage

30 Off the Beaten Track
Exploring rock bivs and fly camps along the Rees-Dart Track

60 Wild comment
Why common sense doesn’t always prevail when it comes to using a toilet!

78 Out there
Pride in the nation’s cricket and rugby teams isn’t for everyone

80 Hotshot
The Clarence River

The Manual
Trips, skills, health, gear

61 Wild Range
Matemateaonga Range, Whanganui National Park

64 Roys Peak, The Stack Conservation Area, Otago
66 Puhoi Track, Auckland
67 Waipawa Saddle Circuit, Ruahine Forest Park
68 Staces Hill, Ashburton Lakes, Canterbury

70 Skills
Take better night pictures
How to make cowboy coffee
Get tramping fit with this yoga move

71 Wild Cuisine
Backcountry bliss balls

72 Buyer’s guide
Wet weather jackets
Wet weather pants