October 2020

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In the October 2020 issue…


16 Through fear and toward freedom on Te Araroa
How the Te Araroa Trail has helped this tramper control her anxiety

20 Summer Camping
Reflections on the traditional Kiwi summer camping holiday

30 Bookable huts for budding beginners
Tramp-easy on these 10 trips safe in the knowledge a booked bunk awaits

52 The tramping prescription
Three Kiwi trampers open up about their health issues, and how it shapes their experiences in the outdoors

56 The joy and tribulation of long outdoor trips
Long trip advocates explain why they prefer weeks-long tramps to weekend-getaways

Waypoints and Trips

24 See more… Baldies
Eight bare-topped hills, mountains and ranges

26 An easy gateway to the Ruahine tops
Rangiwahia Hut, Ruahine Forest Park

28 Above the sandfly line
Harman Pass, Arthur’s Pass National Park

32 Accessible Fiordland
Cleughearn Peak loop, Fiordland National Park

34 Glimpse into the past
Asbestos Cottage, Kahurangi National Park

35 Exposed ridge route to Pouakai
Pouakai via Dover Route, Egmont National Park

36 A beach hideaway
Motutara Track, Motutara Recreation Reserve

38 An Ella’va tramp
A traverse of the Ella Range in Nelson Lakes National Park is tramping at its finest

42 Back on Brewster
A nerve-wracking spring climb of Mt Brewster in Aspiring National Park

46 Big sky views
Mountain biking the Dusky Trail in Ruataniwha Conservation Park


60 Almost instant mac ‘n’ cheese
An easy cheesy favourite

61 Stretching your sustenance
How to bulk up your tramping meals without breaking your back


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

63 What’s in my pack
Landscape photographer Crystal Brindle

64 Wild reviews
Three-layer rain jackets and lightweight multi-day packs

66 Gear Guides
2020’s best overnight packs and 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 Wild people
Dan Kelly recounts a month-long kayak journey down the Waikato River

14 Near Misses
The winning entry, plus the runners-up, in our personal locator beacon giveaway

74 Track Chat
Fly-fisher Dougal Rilstone writes a special tribute to the river he loves

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