November 2020

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In the November 2020 issue…


16 Thanks for the mountain memories, dad
Each November Andrew Given climbs a mountain in remembrance of the person who taught him to love the outdoors

38 How to climb a busy Mt Taranaki in summer
It can get busy and thirsty on a summer climb of Mt Taranaki. Wilderness shows you how to make the most of your day

42 How giving up everything to cycle 45,000km gave us the world
A Kiwi adventurer shares how a bicycle journey of 45,000km unfolded and what he learned from four years on the road

48 Over troubled waters
Rivers are amongst the most dangerous obstacles found in the outdoors, but there is plenty you can do to keep yourself safe when crossing them

58 Gear favourites of the guides
Professional outdoor guides share their favourite piece of kit

Waypoints and Trips

20 See more… huts named after people
Five huts that honour someone strongly associated with the area

22 Inspiring view of Mt Aspiring
Mt Tyndall north ridge, Mt Aspiring National Park

24 Into the Manson Country
Manson Country, Kaweka Forest Park

26 Of bunkers and beaches
Mākara Walkway, Wellington

27 Frogs, forest, and family fun
Leitch’s Hut, Whareorino Conservation Area

28 Lording it over Hanmer
Mt Percival, Hanmer Springs

30 Copland Track is a corker
Welcome Flat Hut, Westland Tai Poutini National Park

32 Over the mountain
Why spend five days going around the mountain in Tongariro National Park when you can go over it instead?


54 Mexican beans
Spice up your backcountry meals with this Mexican-inspired dish

55 Botany for trampers
Five useful plants that will help you get more from your tramp

56 Location, location, location
Lost? Not if you know your location


57 In-tents moments in the hills
A tenting trip down memory lane reveals how far tent design has come

60 Wild reviews
60 Two super-powerful headlamps
61 A first-look review of a budget sleeping mat and a pricey pair of Lowa boots

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

63 What’s in my pack
Outdoor retailer Ben Sinclair spends his days helping customers choose the right gear. Find out what he chooses for himself

Gear Guides
64 2020’s best daypacks
66 2020’s best three-season tents


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

14 Wild people
Jim Tait goes to extensive lengths to improve the Wellington bush for birds and people

74 Track Chat
Oscar Thomas is perhaps the youngest author of a guide to NZ’s birds

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