October 2015

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Table of contents, October 2015

16 Backcountry flag – it’s time to vote!
Take a look at the finalists and vote for your favourite

34 Hard bastards holiday
Killing stoats deep in Te Urewera

38 To all those who think they’re past it…
How weekly walking groups are inspiring retirees off the couch

42 Power to the people
Has giving money to volunteers to restore the backcountry actually worked?


18 Alpine quick fix
Mt Armstrong, Aspiring National Park

20 Backcountry for rookies
Mt Guy, Hakatere Conservation Park

22 See more
Mountain neinei


4 Editorial

6 Pigeon post
Letters to the editor

7 Last weekend
What did you get up to last weekend?

8 Walkshorts
News and events

12 Gear news
The latest gear tech and innovation

14 Reader tips
Readers recommend recently discovered secrets

14 Wilderness Word

24 Wild people
Phillip Melchior shares haunting tales of search and rescue missions past and present

26 Wild diversions
The quest to find an invaluable ring lost in the Ruahines

27 Wild comment
When alcohol and tramping don’t mix

28 Off the Beaten Track
Wild weather and wilder terrain in classic West Coast tramp

88 Hotshot
Crossing the Olivine River, Fiordland

The Manual
Trips, skills, health, gear

52 Girdlestone via Mitre Peak, Tararua Forest Park
54 Harwoods Hole, Abel Tasman National Park
55 Kawhatau Base Hut via Crow Hut, Ruahine Forest Park
56 Kirwans Hut, Victoria Forest Park

58 Wild Range
Lockett Range, Kahurangi National Park

62 First look reviews
Stove, fitness tracker, wet weather jacket, sandals and outdoor watch

64 Skills, fitness and cuisine
Make it easier for your rescuers when activating a PLB
Survive avalanche season on Great Walks
How to fit a pack
Fitness – stretch your legs

66 Buyer’s guide to packs
66 Multiday packs
68 Hydration Packs
70 Day packs
Overnight packs
73 Alpine packs
Travel packs
Urban packs

NZ Country Walking

78 Should I be scared of cows?
Be safe around these mostly docile creatures

79 Picnic recipes
Snacks as good cold as they are warm

80 Relaxing weekends
Walking trips to Golden Bay and Rotorua Lakes