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Wilderness August 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.

New Zealand
Lifestyle Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues


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buy right, or buy twice

I’VE BEEN TAKEN TO TASK this month because in the July issue I reviewed three ‘budget’ raincoats, only some readers felt they weren’t budget at all (see a sampling in Pigeon Post, p6). Granted, the Rab jacket that cost $399 is debatable, but I reckon the other two – an Outdoor Research and Marmot jacket that both retail for $199 – are in the budget category. I like a bargain as much as the next person and I’ve had my fair share of really cheap gear: $4 walking poles that lasted just a few trips before the section clamps started slipping. Then there was the $25 stove that took 45 minutes to get my water luke-warm on a winter camping trip. I had a pair of cheap as chips over-trou that tore…

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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 SUBSCRIPTIONS Andrea Cowan subscribe@lifestylepublishing.co.nz Mandy Mattison Mandy@lifestylepublishing.co.nz PUBLISHER David Hall COLUMNISTS Pam Hutton, Sarah May Little, Maddy Bellcroft, Matt Winter, Heather Grady, Dave Mitchell CONTRIBUTORS Raymond Salisbury, Alina Suchanski, Hami Tangiora, Chris Coutts, Dave Melville, Pat Barrett, Ricky French, Dennis Radermacher, Jenny Ling, Penzy Dinsdale, Hazel Phillips, George Driver, Tania Seward, Kathy Ombler, Darryl Ward…

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letter of the month

HYPOTHERMIA NEVER FAR AWAY Two articles in the June issue – one about the Timber Trail cycle trail which was billed as an ‘all-weather track’ and the other about hypothermia reminded me of a Manukau Tramping Club ride of the Timber Trail a few years ago. As we began the ride, clouds were gathering and at the 10km mark, it started to snow. We thought we were well-equipped with gloves and coats and decided to carry on. The snow became heavier and heavier. Our muscles produced plenty of heat as we climbed towards the top of the ridge. Fat mountain bike tyres go well over fresh snow and the snow made a soft cushion to fall in when we took a tumble. Once we started to come down the other side, the snow…

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your trips, your pix

Get your photo published here to receive a double pack of BPA-free, biobased plastic Sporks worth $13. Learn more about Sporks at ampro.co.nz. Last Weekend submission criteria can be found at wildernessmag.co.nz…

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hypothermia’s  dangerous misconception

AFTER SEVERAL READERS queried Dr Malin Zachau’s claims that a hypothermic person would require 300 bodies in their sleeping bag to sufficiently reheat them, Dr Zachau issued a response. “I believe much of the misunderstanding of this concept is fuelled by the fact that many people have experienced cold stress (the preliminary symptoms of mild hypothermia) and they feel warmer when insulated by another person,” she said. “However, the inefficiency of skin-to-skin rewarming is huge, it is only approximately 10% efficient.” Unlike reptiles, humans are not efficient at absorbing heat from their environment, and even less so when in a hypothermic state, where blood flow near the skin surface has reduced. In a hospital environment, severely hypothermic patients can be treated by intravenous fluids, airway and blood rewarming, and irrigation – warm saltwater solution…

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walk shorts

CACTUS BETS BIG ON NZ MANUFACTURING THE NEW ZEALAND APPAREL and pack manufacturer Cactus Outdoor has announced a bold plan to ensure it survives at least as long as its famously hard-wearing outdoor gear. The Christchurch-based company, which has made all its gear in New Zealand for the entirety of its 27 years of operation, has done something almost every other outdoor brand has said is impossible: it’s doubled down on its commitment to New Zealand-made by purchasing Albion Clothing Limited, a large-scale Christchurch-based apparel manufacturer with more than 100 employees. Albion has carved a niche making uniforms for the New Zealand Defence Force, Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the New Zealand Police. “It is super big news for the [outdoor] industry because for 20 years all we’ve had is brands going…