Franklin. My Dear, I don’t give a damn!

I was too young to die. Between myself and the summit lay Newton’s Folly. Beyond that, the De Rose Step. I was way too young to die.  You know how the Royal Family never travel all together, in case the plane goes down. Well, it would be the noble thing to pass on the summit … Read more

Catching a Slow Boat to China (almost)

Our jackets had only just dried from the last soaking. Another shower looks imminent. Bracing against the gunwales we lean towards the centre of the narrow boat, hoping those in front will take the brunt. Waves stand up to meet us, spitting spumes of silty water.  At first glance there was nothing extraordinarily daunting about … Read more

Moonlight Southern Crossing

When I saw the Moonlight Southern Crossing on last winter’s trip schedule I was immediately taken by a strange urge to join in to go and walk among the moonlit clouds. But it clashed with the AIC (like this year, more about that later) so, as Lyndsay had asked full commitment of all AIC punters, … Read more

From Mountains to Sea by Mountain Bike

A big high-pressure system sat over the middle of the North Island offering encouragement for a group of seven cyclists set to head from the mountains to the sea.  The historic and culturally fascinating Whanganui River valley was to be our route but a stinging frost was first to be negotiated. Arriving at the Mangawhero … Read more