Survival Shelters

This trip was advertised as practicing making yourself comfortable overnight in the bush without a hut, tent or fly and deliberately scheduled with the hope of some rain and arduous conditions in mid-June. A little more challenging than the bushcraft courses we routinely run! With a Saturday morning departure from Wellington, there was time to … Read more

Totara Flats

After stopping at Carterton’s Wild Oats Café for the obligatory pre-tramp and in a few people’s cases, necessary, morning coffee, our party of 12 arrived at the Holdsworth carpark mid-morning. After divvying up group gear and food we started walking in fine but crisp weather. Unnaturally for the Tararuas, we had clear skies and virtually … Read more

Mt McKay, Nelson Lakes National Park

I’m not unaccustomed to being cold. I once was a student in Christchurch living in a flat seemingly designed by Fisher & Paykel. I would have to frequently de-ice the inside of my bedroom window in the winter time and my flatmates and I would sit on the couch in the evenings in sleeping bags; … Read more