October 2019

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October 2019

42 Logged and loaded

The 42 Traverse Track is one of the North Island’s best adventure rides

46 Postcards from Paparoa
Diversity on the new Paparoa Great Walk rivals the Heaphy Track

52 Not so Great Walks
What if your Great Walk experience wasn’t quite what you expected?

54 A weight obsession and it’s not my body
Getting down to the bone and muscle of pack weight

58 Paradise at the end of the road
Past remote Glenorchy is the even more remote Paradise

64 Giving time to save lives
Meet four LandSAR volunteers who give their time to save those whose time is running out


20 See more…
Five places you might spot the mesmerising patterns of rime ice

22 Five birds to see on Rakiura
Some of the world’s most precious species exist at the very bottom of New Zealand

24 Where the spirits head home
Tapotupotu Bay on the Te Paki Coastal Track

26 A night on the coast
Scott’s Beach, Kahurangi National Park

28 In Cook’s footsteps
Five walks to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival

30 Above the fiord
Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park

34 Stark beauty and grand scenery
Boundary Creek Hut, Hakatere Conservation Park

36 Cascading river walk
Kerikeri River Track, Kerikeri

37 A night on a sleeping giant
Waingongoro Hut, Egmont National Park

38 Blue ducks and babbling brooks
The three-day Whirinaki Circuit is a North Island forest classic


70 Navigation: Boxing out
71 Photo school: The night is your canvas
72 Refresh your tramping pantry


57 What’s in my pack?
A lightweight tramper packs all she needs for 10 days into an overnight pack

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

Gear guides
2019’s best overnight packs
76 2019’s best three-season boots


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
Enter our crossword competition to win great prizes

16 Near Miss
A broken leg birthday surprise in the backcountry

18 Wild people
Legendary athlete Lynn Hill shares her love of rock climbing

82 Track chat
Mike Allsop: life lessons of an adventurous father

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