May 2021

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In the May 2021 issue…


14 The lost art of whittling
Make your own tramping cutlery

18 Learning the lyrics of birdsong
Why scientists believe birdsong is just like human language

32 A night under a Drunken Sailor
A six-day journey along the famed Dragons Teeth low route

42 Challenged and tested at Cape Brett
A family tramp to this northern hut offers plenty of adventure

46 Go big or go home
There’s hope on the horizon for trampers struggling to find gear in sizes bigger than XL

50 Greater role for Māori in DOC’s future
Wilderness looks at the changes to DOC’s first visitor and heritage strategy in 25 years

Waypoints and Trips

19 See more… Pinnacles
Five incredible trips leading to a ‘pinnacle’

20 A hut amidst mountain drama
Blue Lake Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park

22 A hands-in-pockets trip
Table Ridge, Tararua Forest Park

24 Iron Lake, Kahurangi National Park
Visiting a cluster of tranquil alpine lakes perfect for camping

26 Barlow Hut, Ruahine Forest Park
Visit historical sites from the first European exploration of the Ruahine Range

27 Greta Track, Ruataniwha Conservation Park
Climb 1522m Ben Ōhau from the lakeshore on this loop track

28 Rainbow Mountain, Bay of Plenty
A family-friendly walk in Rotorua

29 Mt Holdsworth Track, Tararua Forest Park
Climb the park’s most accessible peak in a day or as an overnighter

30 Tautuku Hut, Catlins Conservation Park
Venture beyond McLean Falls to this unusual hut

38 Wanaka’s wild side
An exposed ride through a high country station on Wanaka’s lakeshore


56 Wild Cuisine: Overnight oat pancakes

57 A short little guide to observing plants

58 How to avoid shoulder pain

59 How to estimate walking times


60 What’s in my pack
Off-track tramper Danilo Hegg reveals what he packs

62 Broken In
Wilderness staff and gear reviewers test their kit for you.

63 First look review
Marmot’s EvoDry Clouds Rest jacket promises a lifetime of protection

Gear guides
Outdoor gift ideas for outdoor women
67 2021’s guide to insulated jackets


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

16 Near miss
A moment’s inattention and this Te Araroa hiker’s journey was over

74 Track Chat
Getting the perfect-fitting boot with Ben Sinclair

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