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April 2019

Each issue of Wilderness takes its readers to the most beautiful areas in New Zealand, whether by foot, mountain bike, sea kayak, raft, pony or dream.

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escape the dark side

WHEN YOU SPEND more than 100 days in the wilderness each year, as many of the trekking and mountain guides who contributed to our ‘Secrets of the guides’ feature on p52 do, you develop a keen sense for what works and what doesn’t.For instance, you’re less likely to eat dehydrated meals and opt instead for fresh food because it’s more nourishing, fulfilling and more likely to put a smile on people’s faces. As Dave McKinley from Alpine Guides says, “I’d take three days of fresh food before I start sliding into the dark side” of dehydrated meals.McKinley’s number one tip for fresh food: spring onions, of which he says “there’s a lot of flavour for very little weight”.I’ve long been a member of the dark side, refusing to take…

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EDITOR Alistair Hall alistair@lifestylepublishing.co.nz DEPUTY EDITOR Matthew Cattin matthew@lifestylepublishing.co.nz ART AND DESIGN Pelin Hall pelin@lifestylepublishing.co.nz ROVING EDITOR Shaun Barnett shauncbarnett@icloud.com ADVERTISING SALES Cherie Final Cherie@lifestylepublishing.co.nz PUBLISHER David Hall SUBSCRIPTIONS Andrea Cowan subscribe@lifestylepublishing.co.nz COLUMNISTS Pam Hutton, Sarah May Little, Maddy Bellcroft, Heather Grady, Megan Sety, Matt Winter CONTRIBUTORS George Driver, Pat Barrett, Jacqui Gibson, Jo Stilwell, Jonathan Astin, Erik Nilsson, Dave Mitchell, Penzy Dinsdale, Kathy Ombler…

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letter of the month

GREAT RANGER ON GREAT WALK My wife and I had the pleasure of tramping the Heaphy Track recently.Everyone we met on the track was friendly and enthusiastic about having the privilege of experiencing this wonderland.However, the highlight for me, as far as human interaction is concerned, had to be the DOC Ranger – Vince – at Perry Saddle Hut on our first night. Vince was fantastic at mingling with the people enjoying the comforts of the hut (including those brave enough to camp outside on a very wet and windy night). He would meander around each group with a genuine interest in the people and what their intentions were while they were on the Heaphy. Later that night, Vince talked to the whole hut collectively about the Heaphy…

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your trips, your pix

Neroli Wall climbed Mt Benmore in Canterbury in a howling nor’wester Frida Hamilton climbed Sugarloaf Pass near Glenorchy for her first overnight camp Hazel, Rob, Isaac, Charlotte and Xander overnighted at Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge, Ruahine Forest Park Derek and Helen Teague enjoyed the views on the Te Henga Coastal Walkway, Auckland Emma Williams descended the south side of Waiau Pass, Nelson Lakes National Park Lauren Smith tramped to Brass Monkey Bivouac, Lewis Pass Oliver Anderson hiked to the waterfalls in Earnslaw Burn, Glenorchy Tim, Marianne, Emily, Ben and Jeremy Daines walked to Woolshed Creek Hut, Mt Somers Max, Gunther, Cam and Jane tramped the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Ian, Leysa and Dan climbed a peak above Loch Maree on the Dusky Track, Fiordland GET YOUR PHOTO PUBLISHED HERE…

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feeding kea tahr may prevent 1080 deaths

Distracting kea with a tahr carcass may help prevent bird deaths during aerial 1080 operations (ZIP) A NEW METHOD has been developed to prevent kea being poisoned during 1080 operations by using the birds’ fondness for tahr meat.Kea are among the few native birds that have been inadvertently poisoned by 1080, but so far efforts to prevent them from eating the poisoned bait have had limited success.DOC has monitored nearly 200 kea during 1080 operations and about 10 per cent of the birds have been killed due to eating the poisoned pellets. While the number of birds killed is far outweighed by the breeding success following a 1080 drop, the death of endangered native birds has been contentious.DOC has tried using the bird repellents anthraquinone, which makes kea feel…

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website puts huts in the bag

Jamie Connor created the Hut Bagger NZ website to keep track of huts he’s visited IF YOU’RE LOSING track of huts you’ve visited, Hut Bagger NZ has got you covered.The online resource allows trampers to comprehensively record the huts they’ve stopped at on their tramping adventures.Auckland website developer Jamie Connor started the site as a memory aid in 2013.“I try to go to different huts each time I go hiking, but I sometimes lose track and think, ‘have I been there?’”The initial list of huts was provided by DOC, but users have taken it upon themselves to add huts and update the database with photos, information and history.“A couple of members, in particular, are religious about adding information and keeping it all in order,” Connor said.To get the word…