May 2016

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Table of Contents, May 2016

36 You’ve got email
Kakapo are making a comeback, thanks to devoted scientists, volunteers, and a fancy little gadget

40 Aoraki’s holy mountain
Mt Wakefield is ‘not your average mountain’, according to the Aetherius Society

46 Foraged and found
From backyard weeds to hilltop shrooms, foraging is on the rise

62 The perfect week in Tongariro National Park
The best tramps, huts, climbs and hideaways in New Zealand’s oldest national park


22 The Agony and the ecstasy
Eric Bivouac, Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park

24 Descent to Travers
Travers Valley, Nelson Lakes National Park

26 See more…
National park monuments


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

15 Wild people
Nelson scientist Eric Buenz wants to know whether lead bullets are poisoning hunters

15 Wild people
Andrew MacDonald from Absolute Wilderness takes backcountry cooking back to basics

15 Wild tracks
From track to river: what happened when a tramping group ran out of new trails

18 Bird spotting
The harrier hawk

20 Photo school
Chasing galaxies: how to create the perfect star trail

28 Wild families
When trails around the world become the new classroom

29 Wild comment
Wicked Campers proves tourism requires a social license

30 Off the beaten track
Not for the faint of heart: Fiordland’s Dusky Track

80 Hotshot
Turnbull Thomson Falls tumble through bluffs in the Kitchener Valley

The Manual
Trips, skills, health, gear

56 Mt McIntosh Loop Track, Whakaari Conservation Area, Glenorchy
58 Sea kayaking Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands, Northland
60 Mt Sunday Loop, Mt Richmond Forest Park, Marlborough

66 Wild Range
The Hooker-Landsborough Wilderness Area

70 Skills, food and exercise
Re-proofing your wet-weather gear
How to pack your backpack
Upward plank pose for stretching shoulders and chest muscles
Cashew, coconut, and chocolate butter

72 Wild review
Head-to-head daypack review

73 Gear news
The latest in outdoor gear trends and innovation

74 Buyer’s guide
A guide to buying wet weather gear: the fabrics, styles and all the best models