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Issue 239 - Celebrating women

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adventure<br />

where actions speak louder than words<br />

where actions speak louder than words<br />


WOMEN<br />

ISSUE 239<br />

AUG/SEP 2023<br />

NZ $11.90 incl. GST


Jan Sutherland, hard at work on her "other" job<br />

Loyalty is a rare commodity<br />

With the publication of <strong>Adventure</strong> issue 100,<br />

I took over as the editor and within a few<br />

issues we had purchased the publication.<br />

That was over 137 issues ago, 6 issues per<br />

year, so that makes 22 years of bringing<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong> to the masses.<br />

When we purchased <strong>Adventure</strong>, it came<br />

with a lot of history, goodwill, some<br />

back issues, a limited database and a<br />

salesperson, Jan Sutherland. Now Jan was<br />

not actually purchased with the publication,<br />

she wasn’t attached, but she eventually<br />

proved to be the biggest asset.<br />

Jan continued for a number of years as<br />

the advertising salesperson, and from<br />

there, she moved into the role of accounts,<br />

sending out invoices and more importantly,<br />

chasing them up.<br />

She also started her own business<br />

photographing horses but kept working<br />

with <strong>Adventure</strong>. Now, some 22 years later,<br />

she has decided to call it quits. She has<br />

explained to the next accounts person what<br />

needs to be done, how to use the database,<br />

send out accounts, and send reminders but<br />

that is not the loss.<br />

When you have had one person working<br />

with you for so long, you become reliant on<br />

their loyalty. Jan’s dedication to <strong>Adventure</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> was second to none; that<br />

money coming in may well have been<br />

hers because she was more dedicated to<br />

making sure everything was paid in full than<br />

we were. She knew everyone, their quirks,<br />

their qualities, and their ongoing mistakes.<br />

She was meticulous with addresses and<br />

phone numbers and often I would call and<br />

ask ‘do you have an address for so and so<br />

from 1998?’ and moments later, it would<br />

arrive.<br />

We live in a transient world, what is popular<br />

today is old news tomorrow, what is socially<br />

trending now will be forgotten in a week.<br />

But like <strong>Adventure</strong>, Jan has been around<br />

for a while, she has stood the test of time,<br />

and nothing beats history, it is the one<br />

commodity you can’t buy or trade. History<br />

is the one reference that is always the best<br />

indicator of ‘good’, whether that is a person,<br />

a magazine or a product.<br />

So, as we say goodbye to Jan Sutherland,<br />

we will miss her; her ability, her enthusiasm<br />

and most of all her loyalty, and as we head<br />

to a new phase of adventure it is always<br />

good to be thankful and aware of those that<br />

have gone before you. Thanks, Jan!<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong>, 50 years of reaching the<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong> people of New Zealand.<br />

Thanks for<br />

the loyalty<br />

Jan, valued<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong><br />

team member<br />

for over three<br />

decades!<br />

Steve Dickinson - Editor<br />

your <strong>Adventure</strong> starts with Us<br />

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Instead of looking ‘Behind the Cover’ as we would normally,<br />

we decided to look at the future. Across every platform, every<br />

news outlet, AI is making a lot of noise, some positive, some<br />

not. Currently, the writers guild in the USA has been on strike for<br />

over 70 days protesting the use of AI to create…. words, scripts,<br />

advertising, features and editorials. How will that impact us as<br />

a magazine both hardcopy and digital? We asked the expert,<br />

ChatGPT and this is what it told us.<br />

ChatGBT said, "As an AI language model, I don't have personal<br />

opinions or feelings. However, I can provide an analysis based<br />

on the capabilities of AI language models up until my last<br />

knowledge update in September 2021."<br />

AI language models like ChatGPT (or GPT-3.5) have shown<br />

impressive abilities in generating coherent and contextually<br />

relevant text across a wide range of topics. They can create<br />

articles, stories, and essays on various subjects. However, there<br />

are still limitations to what AI language models can do:<br />

Topic Understanding: AI models lack true understanding<br />

and consciousness. While they can generate text that appears<br />

coherent, they don't possess true comprehension like humans.<br />

They work based on patterns in data and lack the capacity for<br />

deep understanding of niche topics.<br />

Domain Expertise: Writing a niche magazine requires in-depth<br />

knowledge and expertise in that particular domain. AI models<br />

have broad knowledge but lack the specialized understanding that<br />

comes with real-world experience and expertise in a specific field.<br />

Creative Originality: While AI can produce text that appears<br />

creative, it is still limited by the data it was trained on. It may<br />

struggle to come up with truly original and groundbreaking ideas<br />

that are often required in niche publications.<br />

Quality and Consistency: Although AI-generated text can<br />

be impressive, it can also be inconsistent in quality and may<br />

occasionally produce inaccurate or irrelevant information.<br />

Ethical Considerations: AI-generated content might inadvertently<br />

spread misinformation or biased perspectives since it lacks a moral<br />

compass and can't fact-check information.<br />

For these reasons, it's unlikely that an AI language model would be<br />

solely responsible for producing a whole niche magazine. However,<br />

AI can be a helpful tool for augmenting human creativity and<br />

productivity in content creation, as long as it's used responsibly and<br />

in conjunction with human expertise and oversight.<br />

To be 100% transparent, we have used ChatGPT in the issue,<br />

I don’t think that you would spot it easily; we looked to it in the<br />

planning stage, we asked it to help generate some questions, we<br />

asked it to rephase for ease of understanding, and we asked it to<br />

come up with an interesting title for the fly-fishing story.<br />

So, I guess watch this space!<br />


Steve Dickinson<br />

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By Derek Cheng<br />

It may seem a curious comparison, but multisport<br />

adventure racer Simone Maier sees parallels<br />

between her suffer-fest endurance races and her<br />

long road to recovery from a traumatic childhood<br />

that haunted her teenage years.<br />

Sport actually saved her life, she says, but a<br />

key caregiver also helped her to turn the page<br />

on the abuse of her early years, and the harmful<br />

coping mechanisms in the years that followed.<br />

She ultimately emerged from those dark times<br />

by rediscovering her passion for the outdoors,<br />

eventually standing atop podiums around the world<br />

- including the Coast to Coast in four of the last five<br />

years.<br />

But it's the stoic perseverance that's needed for<br />

multiday competitions - like GODZone, which<br />

Maier's team won in 2019, the first time it was won<br />

by a team with two women - that share similarities<br />

with her earlier battles.<br />

"I feel there's a parallel there," she tells <strong>Adventure</strong>.<br />

"I probably have a high pain threshold. Being in an<br />

adventure race or multisport event, sometimes you<br />

just have to be in an uncomfortable position and<br />

push through, even when you haven't slept and your<br />

body is under immense pressure.<br />

"I also had to overcome my trauma where I just had<br />

to hang in there, just keep plodding along, putting<br />

one foot in front of the other to get out of what I was<br />

going through. It took years."<br />


Maier on Mt Maude, sporting<br />

her signature mohawk of<br />

colourful ponytails<br />

Image by Cheeky.weka

Maier was part of Team Avaya's world championship adventure racing victory<br />

in Paraguay last year<br />

"She's laser-focused when it comes to her training,<br />

but underneath that is a vibrant, fun-loving<br />

person whose nickname - Bounce, or Bouncy - is<br />

indicative of her contagious energy. She is known<br />

to be partial to dance parties, dressing in bright<br />

colours, and for the ridge of several ponytails that<br />

run down the centre of her head like the tiny scales<br />

of a dinosaur mohawk."<br />

You wouldn't know Maier was a world champion adventure racer from the<br />

humble wooden cabin she shares with her partner Marcel Hagener at the<br />

edge of Lake Wanaka.<br />

It's a private, secluded spot where Hagener, now retired from adventure<br />

racing, continually renovates the cabins nearby while Maier plans her next<br />

race - often out of financial necessity. Living in New Zealand has its perks,<br />

such as the pristine nature and the lack of proximity to anything resembling<br />

war, but the adventure racing and multisport market is tiny, and despite her<br />

constant success, it's not the easiest way to make a living.<br />

She is currently excited because China has opened up again, and it's<br />

proved to be a lucrative multisport market for her in the past, though not<br />

without its quirks; in one of her races, she had to catch fish with her hands,<br />

while in another, she had to string dried chillies together.<br />

She's laser-focused when it comes to her training, but underneath that<br />

is a vibrant, fun-loving person whose nickname - Bounce, or Bouncy - is<br />

indicative of her contagious energy. She is known to be partial to dance<br />

parties, dressing in bright colours, and for the ridge of several ponytails<br />

that run down the centre of her head like the tiny scales of a dinosaur<br />

mohawk. She speeds around Wanaka on her electric unicycle, often<br />

alongside Hagener on his own such unicycle, decked in fluorescent lights<br />

and with opera music blaring from its speaker.<br />

Her disposition, in other words, gives no indication whatsoever of what<br />

she's been through to get to where she is today.<br />

Growing up in a small town near Black Forest, Germany, she was sexually<br />

abused by a neighbour when she was 4, attempted suicide in her teens,<br />

and then developed eating disorders. Today Maier is fit and muscular, and<br />

looks like she could bench-press an entire football team and then run a<br />

marathon. But when she was 18, she was skeletal, weighing only 35kg.<br />

Right: Maier has won GODZone once, an event that spans multiple days and<br />

requires athletes to move constantly - including while brushing your teeth<br />



Mair with Emily Wilson while competing in reality-TV show Tracked. The pair were runners-up.<br />

"My caregiver was a runner and a cyclist himself, and he basically got me<br />

back into running and cycling. He built me a mountain bike. I would say that<br />

was probably the beginning of my new life."<br />

She had compartmentalised what had happened to her as a<br />

child, but it came creeping back when she was 14 and playing<br />

basketball. Her boyfriend at the time - her first - reached over<br />

from behind her to try and stop her from getting the ball. The<br />

movement was a trigger. Images of an old man in a similar pose<br />

started to leak into her mind.<br />

"It started like a little crack and it just kept on cracking. I was so<br />

upset about these flashbacks. I thought I was going insane, like<br />

I'd watched too many crazy horror movies," she says.<br />

"I had severe issues at school because I started freaking out.<br />

Every time a guy came close to me, I started having these<br />

anxiety attacks. It really changed me from this happy, active<br />

teenager to being severely depressed, just not going out<br />

anymore. It was like a switch."<br />

She even tried to kill herself, but failed in what she now says<br />

was a cry for help rather than a wish to die.<br />

When she eventually opened up to her parents about the<br />

flashbacks, her mother said that she'd actually told her about<br />

"the weird things the neighbour was doing" a decade earlier. But<br />

her parents hadn't known what to do, so they did nothing except<br />

ensure she didn't go next door anymore.<br />

"When your mum tells you you're not actually crazy and these<br />

things actually happened, I was like, 'What?!' I felt like I got<br />

stabbed in my heart."<br />

At age 15, she dropped out of school and started working in a<br />

bakery, but her struggles were far from over. First came selfharm,<br />

cutting herself with glass. "It sounds like a paradox, but<br />

somehow creating pain can numb you from pain."<br />

Then came anorexia, which she now says was a coping<br />

mechanism: seizing control of something in the face of<br />

something she couldn't control - her past.<br />

She eventually began throwing up so much that her kidneys<br />

started failing and she had to be hospitalised. After collapsing in<br />

a nightclub on New Year's Eve in 1997, Maier went into rehab<br />

for several months.<br />

When she came out, she was encouraged to live in a home<br />

associated with the rehab clinic where caregivers were assigned<br />

to each patient. For Maier, this was the turning point.<br />

"My caregiver was a runner and a cyclist himself, and he<br />

basically got me back into running and cycling. He built me a<br />

mountain bike. I would say that was probably the beginning of<br />

my new life."<br />

She still remembers the first time they went running together,<br />

barely covering a single kilometre. "But I was so happy, just<br />

being out there, and having someone to get me out running<br />

again - so much joy."<br />

Maier had had a precocious appetite for sports when she was<br />

young - competitive athletics, gymnastics, soccer, basketball,<br />

volleyball. Being active again rekindled something, like a<br />

reclaiming of what she'd always loved. By the time she turned<br />

26, she'd started competing in triathlons and had done her first<br />

ironman event.<br />

"Sport just always made me feel so alive. I always biked the long<br />

way to work. One year, I biked 50km every day. And when you<br />

have a bad day, you can just go out for a run and you feel so<br />

much better."<br />


Maier is the reigning Coast to Coast<br />

champion, having won the last three<br />

events and four of the last five.

<strong>Adventure</strong> racing demands movement across all types of terrain, from snow to stream.<br />

"The outdoors is a really great place. We get off our devices and connect with<br />

ourselves, what's surrounding us. It's actually joyful - pure bliss."<br />

It also helped her realise that food is not the enemy. "I know<br />

now that it's actually my fuel, helping me with performing and<br />

recovering. Now I use it as a weapon. I am what I eat."<br />

She gets on better with her parents now, she says, but when<br />

she was 27, she felt like she needed a fresh start. She looked<br />

at a map and found a little country at the edge of the world.<br />

She didn't know much about New Zealand, nor was her<br />

English particularly flash. But she had a contact, a friend's<br />

sister, who welcomed her into the multisport community in<br />

Wanaka, which has now been her home for the last 17 years.<br />

Within two years of arriving, she'd competed in Ironman New<br />

Zealand in Taupo, in 2009, winning the women's 25-29 age<br />

group with a time of just under 10 hours and 20 minutes. This<br />

qualified her for the world championship race in Hawaii, where<br />

she improved her time by seven minutes and placed third in<br />

her age group.<br />

Today, Maier has competed around the world, winning events<br />

in Australia, Paraguay and China, where she met Hagener,<br />

a fellow multisport racer at the time. She and Hagener used<br />

to compete together in events such as the two-day Red Bull<br />

Defiance, which they won four times in the "mixed elite"<br />

category.<br />

Last year Maier was invited to join New Zealand team Avaya,<br />

which won the <strong>Adventure</strong> Racing World Championships in<br />

Paraguay - a 550km race. She says she slept maybe 60 to 90<br />

minutes each day, though there was no sleep on the last night<br />

as the team just pushed through to the finish.<br />

"I had a blast. It's just so unknown because you go all<br />

day long - for five days. So many things can happen. It's<br />

fascinating but it can also be scary - how will you handle the<br />

uncontrollable, the sleep deprivation?<br />

"It teaches you a lot about yourself, how far you can push the<br />

limits. You can learn a lot, and apply it to whatever happens in<br />

your daily life."<br />

She is now trying pass on the physical and mental resilience<br />

she has developed over her lifetime; her new business<br />

Level Up, with fellow adventure racer Emily Wilson, offers a<br />

host of courses on all the skills needed for adventure racing<br />

multisport. Maier also offers one-on-one coaching.<br />

She was recently runner-up in reality-TV show Tracked, but is<br />

perhaps best-known as the reigning Coast to Coast champion,<br />

having won the gruelling 243km day-long race in each of the<br />

last three years.<br />

Will the 43-year-old defend her title next year?<br />

"I always say each year that this is gonna be my last. I want to<br />

do a lot of things in life. But what keeps me going is that I feel<br />

like I'm still getting better. I want to keep exploring and see<br />

how far I can push.<br />

"I feel like I'm still in the prime of my years."<br />

Whenever she eventually hangs up her Coast to Coast bib,<br />

she will always remain active.<br />

"It's good for your stress, your tension at work, even if it's just<br />

a walk, something. It's really good for your mental health, the<br />

fresh air, reconnecting with nature, a bit of sunshine. It has an<br />

amazing effect on your mood.<br />

"The outdoors is a really great place. We get off our devices<br />

and connect with ourselves, what's surrounding us. It's<br />

actually joyful - pure bliss."<br />



Sarah and her son Eli at Northern Rocks<br />

inspire<br />



In the world of climbing, there are<br />

individuals who push the limits,<br />

break barriers, and inspire others<br />

with their unwavering dedication and<br />

accomplishments. One such climber<br />

is Sarah Hay, a remarkable figure who<br />

has carved her path in the climbing<br />

community. In this editorial feature,<br />

we delve into Sarah Hay's journey,<br />

exploring her passion for climbing,<br />

notable achievements, and her unique<br />

approach to the sport.<br />

Sarah Hay's identity extends far beyond<br />

climbing. As a mother, wife, business<br />

owner, musician, and athlete, she<br />

embodies a multitude of roles that<br />

contribute to her holistic approach to<br />

life. However, it is her deep-rooted<br />

connection with climbing that truly<br />

defines her.<br />

Sarah's climbing journey began around<br />

the age of 20 when a friend introduced<br />

her to outdoor climbing. From the very<br />

beginning, she was captivated by<br />

the adventure, tranquility, and mental<br />

and physical challenges that climbing<br />

offered. Sarah found solace in the<br />

intricate techniques, the immersive<br />

nature of the activity that allowed her<br />

to be fully present, and the pursuit<br />

of mastery. Balancing her climbing<br />

pursuits with a full-time career as a<br />

musician, she gradually delved deeper<br />

into the climbing world by working at<br />

local gyms, coaching, and route setting.<br />

Throughout her climbing career,<br />

Sarah Hay has achieved numerous<br />

milestones that reflect her dedication<br />

and skill. While she believes that<br />

every experience is a highlight,<br />

certain achievements stand out.<br />

Building Northern Rocks from the<br />

ground up, coaching and witnessing<br />

the development of young climbers,<br />

and establishing the successful girls'<br />

climbing program, "She Climbs", are<br />

among her proudest accomplishments.<br />

Sarah's success extends to national<br />

and international competitions, winning<br />

titles in lead and bouldering, and<br />

representing New Zealand in World<br />

Cup and Oceania events. Her passion<br />

for climbing is further exemplified by<br />

her involvement in route setting at<br />

prestigious competitions.<br />

We caught up with Sarah for a chat ...<br />

How did you get into climbing?<br />

A friend introduced me to outdoor<br />

climbing when I was about 20 years<br />

old. We went to the Mt Eden Quarry<br />

and Froggatt (now Waipari) and I<br />

never looked back! I was drawn to the<br />

outdoor adventure and serenity, the<br />

mental and physical challenge, problem<br />

solving aspects, intricate techniques,<br />

that when you’re climbing you’re not<br />

thinking about anything else, and the<br />

never-ending search for mastery.<br />

Back then I was a full-time musician so<br />

I was also being somewhat careful of<br />

finger injuries but I kept climbing and<br />

started working at one of the local gyms<br />

part-time, coaching and route setting.<br />

The kids started doing competitions so I<br />

went to support them, and then started<br />

trying out the competition scene myself.<br />

Are you a risk taker? – is climbing<br />

about risk? I think climbing<br />

involves taking assessed risks, but<br />

understanding your skills, limitations,<br />

body, and preparedness can help<br />

mitigate those risks. By continuously<br />

improving and expanding your<br />

repertoire of movements and<br />

techniques, you can expand the range<br />

of climbs you can safely undertake.<br />

I feel like I understand my body and<br />

skill set pretty well so I tend to take<br />

risks where I know I can fall safely<br />

if I miss, or can push the grade on<br />

lead because I understand how to fall<br />

safely above a clip. I am always trying<br />

to get better at movements I’m not so<br />

comfortable with so I can take more<br />

assessed risks on different styles of<br />

climbs.<br />

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Describe it to someone who has<br />

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Sarah climbing Gravity (24) Paynes Ford<br />


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Bouldering is not only a physical activity<br />

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routes on a weekly basis to keep things<br />

fresh and exciting. But what truly sets<br />

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community. Everyone here is friendly,<br />

welcoming, and inclusive. We cheer each<br />

other on and celebrate achievements at<br />

every level. We take pride in creating a<br />

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We also place a strong emphasis on<br />

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We have regular Boulder Women meetup<br />

groups where you can join, regardless<br />

of whether you're a first-time climber or<br />

experienced. You'll receive free coaching<br />

and will have the opportunity to connect<br />

with other women who share your passion.<br />

We also offer a fully funded girls climbing<br />

program for young women in years 9-13.<br />

This program aims to promote physical<br />

activity and help girls discover the joy of<br />

bouldering. There are free yoga classes for<br />

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research and development before I finally<br />

met my current business partner, John, who<br />

shared my enthusiasm for the idea and<br />

committed to investing in the business.<br />

Together, we embarked on a two-year<br />

journey to establish a custom-built full-scale<br />

facility but to cut a long story short, we had to<br />

pull the plug at the last minute. We managed<br />

to save the project by finding a building that<br />

would suit a bouldering-only facility.<br />

Once Northern Rocks opened, it was a<br />

matter of building up our programs, events,<br />

route setting, staff team, and infrastructure.<br />

However, we faced another significant<br />

challenge when the COVID-19 pandemic<br />

hit, resulting in multiple months of lockdowns<br />

and uncertainty. It was a difficult time for any<br />

business, but we managed to persevere and<br />

make it through to the other side.<br />

Over the past year, we have been focused<br />

on rebuilding and emphasizing what sets<br />

Northern Rocks apart. We are incredibly<br />

grateful for our amazing community and<br />

everyone who contributes to making the<br />

gym come alive. It is the people who truly<br />

make Northern Rocks the special place it<br />

is. Despite the challenges and setbacks,<br />

I believe that each obstacle we faced has<br />

only made us stronger and more resilient.<br />

I am proud of how far we have come and<br />

remain committed to the ongoing success<br />

and growth of Northern Rocks.<br />

What's the most rewarding aspect? The<br />

most rewarding aspect is undoubtedly<br />

the people. It is amazing to see new<br />

climbers and members experience the<br />

excitement and sense of accomplishment<br />

when they conquer a challenging move or<br />

reach the top of a difficult project. Seeing<br />

people form new friendships, engaging in<br />

conversations, and cheering each other<br />

on during their climbing attempts creates a<br />

vibrant and supportive atmosphere.<br />

Another fulfilling aspect is coaching our<br />

youth programs and witnessing the growth<br />

and development of young climbers. It<br />

is incredibly rewarding to be a part of<br />

their journey, along with our dedicated<br />

coaching team, as they develop their skills<br />

and confidence in climbing. It has been<br />

amazing to see our youth & girls climbing<br />

program thrive and grow in popularity.<br />

The thriving community that emerges<br />

during social competitions, such as the<br />

annual Boulder Bash and the National<br />

Indoor Boulder Series, is a testament to<br />

the positive and inclusive environment we<br />

strive to cultivate. It’s awesome to see the<br />

interest and enthusiasm among climbers<br />

to venture into outdoor bouldering, as<br />

demonstrated by their participation in our<br />

outdoor trips to local crags.<br />

In 2020 climbing entered the arena of<br />

the Olympics, how has that effected<br />

climbing in NZ? The Olympic inclusion<br />

has given the sport of climbing more<br />

visibility in the public eye, in mainstream<br />

media and general awareness. Although<br />

passionate climbers will follow the<br />

climbing/bouldering world cup series<br />

anyway, having the Olympic inclusion<br />

reaches a wider audience. For some<br />

young people having that Olympic dream<br />

is really important and they can now aim

"I was drawn to the<br />

outdoor adventure and<br />

serenity, the mental<br />

and physical challenge,<br />

problem solving aspects,<br />

intricate techniques, that<br />

when you’re climbing<br />

you’re not thinking about<br />

anything else, and the<br />

never-ending search for<br />

mastery."<br />

The classic climb The Crack (17)<br />

on Tombstone, Wanaka

Sarah climbing at Northern Rocks<br />

Rebecca Hounsell in the Boulder Bash finals, Northern Rocks<br />

for the Olympic goal should they wish.<br />

The increased exposure can also provide<br />

more sponsorship opportunities which we<br />

definitely need here in NZ as competitive<br />

climbing is largely unfunded.<br />

The Olympic inclusion can also help<br />

schools and organisations take climbing<br />

more seriously as a sport, allowing their<br />

classes to participate more climbing/<br />

bouldering activities and programs, and<br />

the establishment of local series like the<br />

Auckland College Climbing Series. More<br />

exposure means more climbers giving it<br />

a go, which can benefit local gyms and<br />

businesses providing gear. Perhaps they<br />

saw climbing alongside other familiar<br />

sports featured at the Olympics and are<br />

now more likely to spread the word and<br />

have a go themselves.<br />

Climbing is varied and diverse but<br />

it seems to have a real sense of<br />

community, is that true? Absolutely! The<br />

climbing community is known for its strong<br />

sense of camaraderie and friendship at<br />

every level of the sport. Whether you're<br />

a beginner at a local climbing gym or<br />

a seasoned competitor at a world cup<br />

or Olympic level, there is a genuine<br />

connection and support among climbers.<br />

It's a unique aspect of climbing that sets it<br />

apart from many other sports.<br />

Even in a competitive setting, you'll<br />

often find athletes cheering each other<br />

on, offering advice, and celebrating<br />

each other's achievements. The spirit of<br />

mentorship and sharing knowledge is also<br />

prevalent within the climbing community.<br />

More experienced climbers will often help<br />

new climbers to learn and understand<br />

techniques or teach them to climb<br />

outdoors. As climbing continues to grow<br />

in popularity, I think it's important to foster<br />

and maintain this sense of community.<br />

It creates a welcoming and inclusive<br />

environment where climbers of all levels<br />

can thrive and enjoy the sport together.<br />

Shout out to sponsors: I have been<br />

incredibly fortunate to have the support<br />

of Rab Equipment (Rab NZ) as my<br />

sponsor for the past few years. Their<br />

support has been unwavering, not only<br />

in my competitive and outdoor climbing<br />

endeavors but also throughout the process<br />

of opening a business and having a baby.<br />

Rab NZ are also always willing to lend<br />

their support to any event or initiative at<br />

Northern Rocks and the wider climbing<br />

community. They generously provide<br />

amazing prizes for our competitions and<br />

are extending their support to young<br />

climbers, the CNZ national competitions,<br />

the Auckland College Series, and other<br />

regional events. Their commitment to the<br />

climbing community is truly commendable,<br />

and I am grateful to be associated with<br />

such a phenomenal brand.<br />

Do women make better climbers than<br />

men? That is a subjective question. I think<br />

it is more important to make sure we are<br />

providing equal opportunities for both men<br />

and women to take part in climbing and<br />

excel. Physical strength is undoubtedly<br />

an advantage in climbing, especially in<br />

certain styles like bouldering or overhanging<br />

routes. Men typically have a higher average<br />

upper body strength compared to women,<br />

which can give them an advantage in some<br />

climbing scenarios. Women generally have<br />

to work harder to gain that kind of strength<br />

but we can definitely use strength &<br />

climbing training to compete equally a high<br />

level alongside men.<br />

Climbing is not solely about physical<br />

strength. Technique, flexibility, mental<br />

focus, problem-solving skills, and the<br />

ability to adapt to different climbing<br />

styles also play significant roles.<br />

Women can excel in these areas and<br />

often demonstrate exceptional skill and<br />

creativity when it comes to finding efficient<br />

solutions for climbing problems. You will<br />

often see girls and women make a route<br />

look effortless and efficient and I believe<br />

women can really excel in climbing.<br />

It's often proven at the gym and outdoors<br />

where we look around and there are far<br />

more girls and women enjoying climbing<br />

and excelling than ever before.<br />

If someone wants to get into climbing –<br />

what do recommend? I would say head<br />

down to your local gym and have a go! If<br />

you live near a bouldering gym you can<br />

usually turn up and have a go anytime.<br />

Bouldering can be more fun when it’s<br />

shared so take a friend or meet some of<br />

the community while there. If you’re near a<br />

rope climbing gym you can also usually go<br />

along with a friend and learn how to toprope<br />

belay which will give you access to<br />

the top rope routes in the gym. Most gyms<br />

offer lead climbing clinics so you can learn<br />

to lead. At Northern Rocks we offer classes<br />

like Boulder Fundamentals or weekly<br />

Boulder women on Wednesdays which is<br />

a great introduction to bouldering with an<br />

experienced coach, and an easy way to<br />

meet new climbers. You can also book a<br />

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had a go at climbing or bouldering, I would<br />

highly recommend a class or some beta<br />

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climber as this will greatly enhance your<br />

experience!<br />

At Northern Rocks the staff on hand are<br />

friendly and helpful, and will give you a<br />

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After your first paid visit you get a free<br />

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Any questions or queries can be directed<br />

to info@northernrocks.co.nz<br />

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explore<br />



Antarctic Heritage Trust has named 22<br />

young explorers from across the country to<br />

embark on the trip of a lifetime.<br />

Explorers aged 18-30 will join the ninth<br />

Inspiring Explorers Expedition, which is<br />

travelling to South Georgia Island.<br />

Not only is it the largest expedition yet,<br />

but it’ll also include the first Kiwi attempt<br />

of Mount Worsley in recognition of Kiwi<br />

explorer Frank Worsley, the mountain’s<br />

namesake.<br />

Four explorers will accompany worldrenowned<br />

expert mountain guides Lydia<br />

Bradey and Dean Staples.<br />

Lily Green<br />

20-year-old explorer Lily Green is part of<br />

the climbing team and says it’s a bucket-list<br />

experience.<br />

“It’s just insane, I can’t even explain how<br />

amazing this opportunity is. Mount Worsley<br />

is a big deal, and I can’t believe I get to be<br />

a part of the first Kiwi group to attempt it.”<br />

In addition to the climbing team, each<br />

Inspiring Explorer will take part in an<br />

outreach project working in groups across<br />

topics such as climate change, education,<br />

history and science.<br />

Located in the remote South Atlantic<br />

Ocean, South Georgia Island has a<br />

reputation for the greatest density of wildlife<br />

on earth. It’s home to king penguins,<br />

fur seals, and 50 percent of the world’s<br />

southern elephant seals.<br />

MetService and Royal Society Te Apārangi<br />

are partners of the programme and will<br />

provide help with outreach projects during<br />

the expedition. MetService Chief Executive,<br />

Stephen Hunt, is delighted to be supporting<br />

the expedition.<br />

“It’s a privilege to be able to support 22<br />

young people and play a part in inspiring<br />

their passion for exploration, discovery,<br />

and science. They will be our explorers of<br />

tomorrow and MetService will support the<br />

young expedition team with a weather and<br />

climate science programme. This will build<br />

a stronger connection to South Georgia’s<br />

extreme but changing environment and the<br />

enormous physical challenges overcome<br />

by the historic explorers,” says Stephen.<br />

MetService meteorologist Kelly Davenport<br />

will be leading the science team.<br />

“Our own Inspiring Explorer Kelly<br />

Davenport will lead a science programme<br />

using some of the latest observational<br />

technology to achieve a deeper<br />

understanding of the area’s weather and<br />

ocean conditions. This will also highlight<br />

the criticality and the value of meteorology<br />

and oceanography for understanding the<br />

impacts and making decisions about our<br />

changing climate,” said Stephen.<br />

Kelly’s projects will include using historic<br />

and modern technologies to make weather<br />

observations.<br />

“I love sharing my knowledge of<br />

meteorology and I look forward to taking<br />

the team through the process of making<br />

weather observations and conveying how<br />

they contribute to weather forecasting<br />

today.” says Kelly.<br />

Royal Society Te Apārangi Chief Executive<br />

Paul Atkins says partnering in this<br />

opportunity aligns with the purpose of the<br />

Society to encourage and support New<br />

Zealanders to explore, discover and share<br />

knowledge.<br />

“It’s a unique opportunity for the<br />

participants to explore a completely new<br />

environment from multiple points of view,<br />

to discover new things about the world and<br />

themselves, and to share that insight and<br />


knowledge with each other and their wider<br />

home communities when they get back. We<br />

are delighted to support this life-changing<br />

opportunity.”<br />

The Royal Society Te Apārangi<br />

representative Kaitlyn Martin has a<br />

background in science communication<br />

and will be leading one of the educational<br />

outreach projects.<br />

“It’s very similar to what they do on<br />

the International Space Station – we’ll<br />

be working with schools around the<br />

country who will design experiments or<br />

investigations that are unique to South<br />

Georgia Island,” Kaitlyn says.<br />

“We'll make case studies and share them<br />

with the schools we developed the projects<br />

with, but we’ll also develop some online<br />

case studies that other schools can use to<br />

show a bit of South Georgia and the unique<br />

environment there.”<br />

Kelly Davenport<br />

Presented by respected operator<br />

Antarctica21, Antarctic Heritage Trust’s<br />

ninth Inspiring Explorers Expedition will<br />

honour the centenary year of Sir Ernest<br />

Shackleton’s final expedition (Quest 1921–<br />

1922) which journeyed to South Georgia<br />

and marked the end of the heroic-era of<br />

Antarctic exploration. Shackleton died on<br />

The Quest expedition and was buried on<br />

South Georgia Island. The Trust cares<br />

for Shackleton’s only Antarctic expedition<br />

base.<br />

Antarctic Heritage Trust Executive Director,<br />

Francesca Eathorne says, “This expedition<br />

will connect these young people with<br />

Shackleton’s incredible legacy and we<br />

hope, inspire them to embrace that same<br />

spirit of exploration. It’s a spirit as critical in<br />

the 21st century as it was over a century<br />

ago – particularly for our young people who<br />

face a rapidly changing world.”<br />

The Inspiring Explorers will sail to South<br />

Georgia on Antarctica21’s ship, between 30<br />

September – 14 October.

train<br />

Above: Jana and Roxy - Image by Barry Dougherty, South Island Training Camp in Cass (Canterbury)<br />

Right: Jana Dodds and Ben Mulvey, night training - Image by Donna Carter<br />



There are a lot of unsung heroes in rescue.<br />

When someone is lost or buried, we hear that<br />

search and rescue have gone out to look. It<br />

is predominantly when conditions are at their<br />

worst or most dangerous that they have to<br />

search, yet this group of unpaid volunteers (and<br />

their dogs) face the worst to try and keep us<br />

alive. Of all the encounters, when being lost or<br />

buried, there would be few more gratifying than<br />

the wet nose of a rescue dog finding you when<br />

no one else could. These amazingly trained<br />

animals and their trainers use their talents<br />

simply to save us.<br />

We caught up with dog trainer Jana Dodds.<br />

Who is Jana Becker/Dodds? I grew up in<br />

Hamburg (Germany) on a lifestyle block at the<br />

edge of the city. My dad is a farrier, and my mom<br />

works at a vet. I grew up surrounded by horses,<br />

and in any spare time, you would find me on top<br />

of one. We always had family dogs, and after<br />

endless bagging, I got my first dog at 14. Bloom<br />

was an Australian shepherd, and through my<br />

teenage years, I trained and competed with her<br />

in obedience and agility. She sadly passed away<br />

last year at a proud age.<br />

I always had a passion for the mountains, which<br />

I inherited from my parents. Unfortunately,<br />

northern Germany is flat as a pancake. No<br />

mountains to be seen. So, every holiday we<br />

would spend chasing down some altitude…<br />

skiing in the winter, hiking and climbing in the<br />

summer. Being outdoors and on the move is my<br />

happy place and always has been.<br />




AND … IT DOES!<br />

8 years ago, I met my now husband<br />

Tony Dodds, who was competing<br />

at the triathlon world series race<br />

in Hamburg. We hit it off, and 18<br />

months later, I would come to NZ<br />

to visit and take some time off from<br />

my work as a physio. Now, 7 years<br />

later, that trip has turned into a very<br />

extended OE that I have absolutely<br />

no plan on finishing. How could you<br />

not love this country full of adventure<br />

and like-minded people?<br />

I have found my love in anything<br />

outdoors… you will find me trail<br />

running, mountain biking, tramping,<br />

and climbing my way through the<br />

mountains as much as possible.<br />

In recent years I discovered that<br />

adventure racing is the perfect<br />

opportunity to combine them all.<br />

I completed my first Godzone<br />

this year, and it’s safe to say I got<br />

hooked.<br />

How would someone who knows<br />

you well describe you? Great<br />

questions. I hope they would<br />

describe me as a happy person,<br />

someone who walks through life with<br />

a smile on her face and a “go try it”<br />

attitude.<br />

How did you get into the field of<br />

mountain rescue dog training?<br />

I joined Land Search and Rescue<br />

about 5 years ago. My sister-in-law<br />

is a detective in the NZ police and<br />

suggested joining to me. I went<br />

to an open night in Dunedin and<br />

instantly loved it. It brings a fantastic<br />

sense of community and purpose,<br />

and you meet some truly incredible<br />

people doing SAR work. I became an<br />

operational field team member and<br />

later team leader and further joined<br />

the Dunedin cliff rescue team.<br />

I started “hiding” for the SAR dogs<br />

in Dunedin about 3 years ago. I was<br />

very fortunate to get to tag along<br />

with very experienced searchdog<br />

handlers whom I got to learn a lot<br />

from and who are mentors to me to<br />

this day.

Training Roxy in Hawea - Images by Tony Dodds<br />

Around two years ago I was team leading for a dog team on a<br />

multiday operation and was in the fortunate position that the dogs<br />

in this team found the missing person – alive. Something we had<br />

hoped for but that was getting less likely at this point. I cannot<br />

highlight enough that SAR is ALWAYS a team effort, and it takes<br />

everyone to do their part to have a good outcome. But I would lie<br />

if I would not say that the experience of being part of the actual<br />

find has fundamentally affected me. That was the day I decided<br />

to get a dog.<br />

What kinds of dogs are used in mountain rescue<br />

operations?There are different kinds of SAR work when it<br />

comes to dogs. I am involved with wilderness search dogs. Now<br />

these are the dogs that come into play if someone is lost, missing<br />

or injured in the outdoors. Think trampers, hunters, walkers etc.<br />

But also, despondent people or possibly a confused elderly<br />

person. There are also Urban search dogs (USAR), which would<br />

be used in an earthquake for example and avalanche dogs.<br />

Within wilderness dogs, we have different ways we train these<br />

dogs. Tracking dogs – those will follow the ground scent. It is<br />

fascinating to watch a tracking dog follow scent on the ground<br />

in the exact line someone has walked 24h or more after the<br />

person has walked there. We also train area search dogs. These<br />

are trained to detect the scent available in the air and follow it<br />

to its source. This is particularly helpful for covering large areas<br />

and when you don’t know where the person has last been.<br />

The ultimate search dog is “dual operational”, which means<br />

it is trained and certified in both. We don’t have many dualoperational<br />

search dogs in NZ at the moment but we are hoping<br />

that there will be more in the future.<br />

How many dogs do you have? I own and train a 16-monthold<br />

border collie-kelpie cross called Roxy. She is training to<br />

be an area search dog. She can detect human scent on the<br />

breeze, she will then follow the scent to its source and stay there<br />

and bark until I arrive – usually huffing and puffing from a few<br />

hundred meters of uphill running to catch up. You better be fit for<br />

this!<br />

How do you train these dogs to be effective for search<br />

and rescue missions? LandSAR Searchdogs is a nonprofit<br />

organisation sitting under the LandSAR umbrella. They assist<br />

with access to trainers and organise training and assessment<br />

camps through which a dog and handler team can become<br />

operational. However, the brunt of the training is up to you as the<br />

dog owner and handler. Searchdogs is a bit like a family – we all<br />

want to see each other succeed and help each other out. Another<br />

handler or trainer is only a phone call away and will help with<br />

any training problems that come up. Searchdogs NZ runs four<br />

training camps per year (two in the north and two in the South<br />

Island). In between those, I frequently get together with other<br />

handlers in your area to train together.<br />

Ideally, you get a dog as a puppy, around 8 or 9 weeks old. In<br />

the early stages, you can imprint human scent on the dog, and<br />

it will learn a lot about the world. You want it to be confident with<br />

noises, people, traffic, and anything it may come across while<br />

out and about. The dogs learn basic commands like come, stay,<br />

heel, sit etc. You and the dog need to learn to play well together<br />

and establish a reward structure. The introduction of search work<br />

happens gradually. You start very small, and the dog learns if it<br />

follow human scent and shows a desired behaviour, it will get a<br />

reward. For most dogs that will be play. Search work is one big<br />

game for the dogs.<br />

What challenges have you faced while training rescue dogs?<br />

Ohhh where to begin? It is a very steep learning curve for a<br />

new handler. Dogs are not robots, and things don’t always go to<br />

plan. When they don’t, you have to work out where the problem<br />

started and how best to fix it. Each dog and handler duo faces<br />

their own challenges. Especially with a young dog that is still<br />

learning it can be tempting to ask for too much too quickly. If you<br />

don’t solidify a learned skillset and progress too fast the wheels<br />

will fall off very fast. In order to become operational, you have to<br />

pass assessments by the searchdog assessors and NZ police<br />

dog assessors. Once operational, you have to re-certify every<br />

year. The assessment consists of three parts – obedience, an<br />

article search and a search task in your speciality (either tracking<br />

or area search).<br />


How has technology impacted mountain rescue dog<br />

training? These days dogs wear tracking collars while out on<br />

an operation. The handler is able to see a map on the handheld<br />

device and can see exactly where the dog and the handler have<br />

walked. This makes it much easier to see if you have covered<br />

an area well and allows for the incident management team to<br />

download the data and plan further tasking.<br />

What specific criteria do you look for in a dog that might<br />

be suitable for mountain rescue work? First and foremost,<br />

you want a dog that will be physically capable to spend long<br />

hours working physically hard in challenging terrain. A pug or a<br />

sausage dog… probably not. There is not “one breed” that is the<br />

one and only to do this work but certain breeds to show attributed<br />

that have shown to be valuable in a search dogs. We can do<br />

certain character tests with a puppy to see if it may be suitable.<br />

In saying that- there is no guarantees. You will often only know<br />

after the first year or two if a dog will have what it takes.<br />

What do you find most rewarding about training mountain<br />

rescue dogs? It takes many hours to train a search dog.<br />

Thousands over the years. Spending that much of your free time<br />

with an animal builds a unique and special bond.<br />

What advice would you give to someone who's interested<br />

in becoming a mountain rescue dog trainer? Find out where<br />

your closest LandSAR group is and get in touch with them. All<br />

searchdog handlers are, first and foremost, operational LandSAR<br />

field team members. In my case, I am part of the Wanaka SAR<br />

group. Before you can start the journey as a search dog handler<br />

you will have to become proficient in the basic search and rescue<br />

techniques. The expectation for a dog handler is to be skilled in<br />

the outdoors and competent in the bush and harsh conditions for<br />

extended periods of time. If you are seriously considering doing<br />

this, I would recommend talking to a dog handler near you and<br />

quiz them as much as you can. Training a searchdog is a big<br />

commitment. There is much work happening in the background<br />

that is not all Heli flights and picturesque mountains. Although<br />

those do happen too ;)<br />

A huge shoutout to all the lovely people that go and hide for<br />

me and Roxy and the local landowners that let me access<br />

their properties to train on a regular basis. You cannot train a<br />

searchdog without the support of the people around you.<br />

Thanks to Gemma<br />

Parkin the LandSAR<br />

group support officer for<br />

searchdogs has given me a<br />

few stats.<br />

1055 operational hours<br />

last year (amongst all 17<br />

operational wilderness<br />

search dogs)<br />

100 operations – go the<br />

round number !<br />

For LandSAR nationally<br />

there were 300 new female<br />

members last year which<br />

was 38% of the new<br />

member intake all up.<br />

We currently have 10<br />

young dogs on the<br />

Trainingpath to become<br />

operational. (Roxy is one of<br />

them).<br />

Training in the Silverpeaks<br />

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athlete<br />



Originally from Mount Manganui on<br />

New Zealand’s North Island, Jess<br />

Blewitt grew up travelling over to the<br />

country’s South Island to compete in<br />

ski racing with Queenstown’s Alpine Ski<br />

Team at the Coronet Peak ski resort,<br />

before relocating there full-time with her<br />

family.<br />

Jess decided to transition to downhill<br />

mountain bike racing in 2019, but<br />

Coronet Peak remained her training<br />

ground of choice with its world-class<br />

track and facilities.<br />

After that her MTB career took off with a<br />

series of big results such as first place<br />

in the under-19 category of Crankworx<br />

Rotorura, first place at Phoenix Enduro<br />

and winning New Zealand’s national<br />

championship title, which helped secure<br />

her a place on the UCI Mountain Bike<br />

World Cup roster for 2021.<br />

Jess’s standout performances earned<br />

her an invitation to showcase her skills<br />

Stateside at Red Bull Formation 2021 in<br />

Virgin, Utah. She followed that up with<br />

a string of impressive Enduro World<br />

Series and World Cup displays.<br />

We caught up with Jess between race<br />

and training to get a little insight into to<br />

what it takes to be a world-class female<br />

mountain biker<br />


How did you get started in mountain<br />

biking, and what drew you to the<br />

sport? Funnily enough I moved to<br />

Queenstown for ski racing but later on<br />

ended up quitting. I never even knew<br />

properly what downhill mountain biking<br />

was but it was a pretty popular sport at<br />

the school I went to. A lot of my mates<br />

were racing or just riding for fun and<br />

one of them said I should give it a go<br />

and from there on I loved it!<br />

Which mountain biking discipline is<br />

your favourite, and why? Racing of<br />

course! Nothing beats going fast and<br />

wanting to win. I do also enjoy dabbling<br />

in a bit of freeride stuff here and there.<br />

What is your training routine like,<br />

and how do you balance it with other<br />

aspects of your life? Finding the right<br />

balance between social life and training<br />

is never easy. I definitely made a lot of<br />

sacrifices but I wouldn’t be where I am<br />

now without doing so. As long as your<br />

having fun along the way then your<br />

winning!<br />

What advice would you give to<br />

aspiring female mountain bikers who<br />

want to pursue a career in the sport?<br />

My advice would be to keep it fun and<br />

to never let anyone or anything ever<br />

stop you from pursuing a career.<br />

How do you approach risk-taking<br />

and pushing your limits in mountain<br />

biking? Sometimes it’s best to not think<br />

too much about the risk involved. The<br />

more it gets in your head the harder it is<br />

to want to push your limits or take risks.<br />

Of course you do have to weigh it up<br />

properly sometimes but you normally<br />

know if it’s too much for you.<br />

How do you deal with injuries or<br />

setbacks and maintain a positive<br />

mindset? I’ve dealt with some pretty big<br />

injuries myself and managed to came<br />

back from them without any setbacks.<br />

I think it’s all about trusting the process<br />

and just knowing that it’s normal for<br />

injuries to take time and that your not<br />

expected be right back where you were<br />

before it happened.<br />

What role does nutrition play in your<br />

performance as a mountain biker?<br />

It’s all about finding what fuels you for<br />

race week and gives you sufficient<br />

amounts of energy for a race run.<br />

How do you manage the pressure<br />

and expectations that come with<br />

being a top athlete in your sport? I<br />

sometimes don’t manage the pressure<br />

so well haha but having the right people<br />

in your corner definitely helps with that.<br />

Nicolas ('Nico') Piraud watches on as Jess Blewitt<br />

hits a feature dubbed "The Ovary" at Red Bull<br />

Formation in Virgin, Utah, USA<br />

Image by Catherine Aeppel / Red Bull Content Pool


How do you find a balance between<br />

competing and enjoying the pure love<br />

of mountain biking? I think if your not<br />

loving racing then it’s probably not the<br />

sport for you. For me a race week is<br />

just another week where I get to ride my<br />

bike fast and have a lot of fun. For me I<br />

feel like I already have the right balance<br />

especially with adding in the freeride stuff<br />

I do outside of racing.<br />

Any future goals or ambitions you<br />

have in the world of mountain biking?<br />

Would love that rainbow jersey one<br />

day haha! And to of course win the<br />

overall would be huge. I also just want<br />

to be a well respected rider within the<br />

industry and someone that the younger<br />

generation of girls look up to.<br />

How do you approach the process<br />

of analysing your performance and<br />

identifying areas for improvement?<br />

There’s always room for improvement.<br />

I’m constantly wanting to be better and I<br />

feel like with more experience over time<br />

the more things you see can help you<br />

when it comes to racing.<br />

What does the does the rest of 2023<br />

-2024 hold for Jess Blewitt? The rest<br />

of 2023 sees Jess competing in the full<br />

uci mtb downhill World Cup rounds and<br />

also attending Red Bull Hardline. 2024<br />

will be another big year of worlds cups<br />

and potential other events here and<br />

there.<br />


Jess Blewitt at the Red Bull Mountain Bike Performance Camp in Machynlleth in Mai 2023, Wales.<br />

Image by Dan Griffiths / Red Bull Content Pool


Some say mountain biking isn’t a great sport for middle<br />

aged women. I totally reject that assumption! Women are<br />

discovering that they can do their own thing in the sport, be<br />

themselves and go as hard or easy as they like.<br />

The sport combines fitness, the outdoors and a fantastic<br />

comradery within the sport. Its relatively low impact (at my<br />

level) and has been a fantastic family sport over the last<br />

15 years. Mountain bikers tend to support each other in an<br />

uncompetitive way. The sport focuses on skills rather than<br />

competition.<br />

I was not always into mountain biking, but when living<br />

in Wellington I got to know this guy who loved mountain<br />

biking (I ended up marrying him).<br />

When we first met, I was like, there is no way I am getting<br />

on a mountain bike and getting muddy and wet!! But I gave<br />

it a go.<br />

Typical boyfriend, for my first ride he takes me up the back<br />

of Eastbourne on this really hard ride. And I sort of liked it.<br />

Then he suggested Rotorua might be more my style for<br />

a newbie. I discovered that Whakarewarewa Forest has<br />

an abundance of lovely flowing green trails progressing<br />

to blue and that's when I really got the bug for mountain<br />

biking. Combine the forest with Rotorua’s hot pools and<br />

awesome café options and you have a real winning<br />

weekend combination.<br />

Mountain biking is a really social sport, you go out riding<br />

with your mates or family. There is something for everyone,<br />

girls and guys can ride together on relatively equal terms<br />

and it's a great excuse to get to outdoors.<br />

For those who are after a bit of female affirmation there<br />

are lots of women groups such as Mud Maidens. There are<br />

also quite a few women coaches in the major MTB parks.<br />

There are several ways you can get into biking, check out<br />

your local mountain bike club, they will have often a ladies<br />

group and lots of ladies are riding with friends and with<br />

their daughters.<br />

If you have a youngster who is keen to give it a go, in<br />

Auckland there is Bella’s on Bikes. This group caters to<br />

8 – 11 year old girls and are passionate about getting girls<br />

into mountain biking. Bellas was started around 5 years<br />

ago by a keen dad Mike Beale as a womens feeder to<br />

Jafakids Youth Academy. The program has proved to be<br />

a huge success with 40 percent of the 140 Jafakids now<br />

women. Also the number of female coaches has increased<br />

exponentially.<br />

In Wellington, Christchurch and Wanaka there is Word, a<br />

rad youth mountain bike club which also encourages girls<br />

and women to ride.<br />

There are still differences between men and women but<br />

E-bikes mean that everyone can be on a level playing field<br />

on the uphills. On the downhills you’re as fast as you want<br />

to be.<br />

The sport has evolved hugely in the last few years<br />

and more women are discovering the amazing sport of<br />

mountain biking.<br />

I would encourage all women to give it a crack!<br />


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Cool Wakuhshima<br />

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/ Red Bull Content Pool<br />

"It’d be cool to see more<br />

girls in general up the<br />

hill and I hope that by<br />

watching me or other girls<br />

hit the jumps, it inspires<br />

them to hit the jumps<br />

and come to the park<br />

because I know it can be<br />

intimidating. I know it<br />

was intimidating for me<br />

when I first started."

athlete<br />


While late to the scene, Queenstown<br />

based athlete, Cool Wakushima, has<br />

quickly made a name for herself in<br />

snow sports.<br />



Cool represented New Zealand at the<br />

Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games,<br />

competing in Slopestyle. In the month<br />

prior to Beijing she achieved her career<br />

best World Cup result with a 5th place<br />

finish at the LAAX Open Snowboard<br />

Slopestyle World Cup.<br />

Growing up with a mother and older<br />

brother that were obsessed with<br />

snowboarding it was only natural she<br />

took a shine to the sport as well.<br />

"As a family we have always<br />

snowboarded together and on<br />

weekend’s growing up in Queenstown.<br />

When I was little, it came natural for me<br />

to pick up (my brothers) old boards and<br />

strap it on to me.<br />

"I didn’t quite grasp the competitive side<br />

of snowboarding till I was a bit older,<br />

which may sound little weird since it is<br />

a sport where you start young, but for<br />

me, I take it as a win."<br />

Cool's love and passion were evident<br />

when we caught up with her recently<br />

and the first question?<br />

Is that really your name?<br />

Possibly the best name ever for a snowboarder, is this<br />

your given name? Yes, it is my given name! I wish I had<br />

an incredible story to tell about how my name was made-up<br />

but there’s no story to share. My mum just liked it name and<br />

thought, ‘’this is it’’.<br />

You were born in Japan. When did you come to New<br />

Zealand? I spent my early childhood in Tokyo, Japan<br />

and moved to New Zealand in 2012. It was very different<br />

to what I had expected. For some reason, I thought we<br />

were moving to New York not New Zealand, because I<br />

didn’t really know about New Zealand. I arrived at the<br />

Queenstown Airport expecting a big city and was very<br />

surprised. I settled in nicely though – I liked it a lot more<br />

than the city life. Nature was good for me too.

How did you first get into snowboarding, and what<br />

attracted you to the sport? My family. My mum<br />

snowboarded she since was young and then I also have<br />

an older and a younger brother who snowboard. So it<br />

was pretty natural for me to pick up. We always went<br />

snowboarding together as a family on Saturday and Sunday.<br />

Until around 16 years old, I was snowboarding as a<br />

weekend rider with my family. But then it hit me that I<br />

wanted to do it as a career. I wanted to learn new tricks and<br />

travel the world.<br />

In the beginning, I loved snowboarding but I wasn’t very<br />

interested in hitting big jumps. But now I just want big<br />

jumps! It’s weird how the mindset changes when you see or<br />

get inspired by something. I’m really enjoying it now and I<br />

like that I got to choose to do it at my own pace.<br />

What challenges have you faced as a professional<br />

snowboarder, and how did you overcome them? As a<br />

professional, you are constantly wanting to learn new tricks<br />

and land, but injuries always come with action sports. I think<br />

the hardest thing I’ve faced was the injuries I’ve had in the<br />

past year. It was a challenge but it was good that I was able<br />

to go through that process and learn from it.<br />

Are there any specific tricks or manoeuvres that you're<br />

known for, or that you particularly enjoy performing? I<br />

love front-side spins and front 7's with mute to tail grabs. It’s<br />

something that I just do and whether it’s a small or big jump<br />

it gives me a ‘’that was sick’’. It’s a trick that no matter where<br />

I do it, I’m like ‘’I think that would’ve looked cool’’.<br />

What does a typical training regimen look like for you<br />

during the snowboarding season? I snowboard heaps<br />

during the snow season but there’s a lot of behind-thescenes<br />

training that I do as well. It’s essential to have a<br />

strong body so strength and conditioning is a vital part of my<br />

training because it’s a way to reduce the risk of injuries as<br />

well as help to perform at your best. I snowboard five times<br />

a week and have two days off and then I usually have two<br />

or three gym sessions throughout the week. I also get to<br />

learn about nutrition and psychology along the way.<br />

You were at the Beijing Winter Olympics. How was<br />

that experience? It was a pretty crazy experience! I got<br />

injured there, which sucked. I actually didn’t know that I<br />

was going to make it to Beijing until the last competition<br />

that I did, which was around 2-3 weeks before. It was pretty<br />

hectic. The level of riding was insane and although I didn’t<br />

really get to compete the way that I wanted to because<br />

of my injury, it was great to witness how much women's<br />

snowboarding has grown in the past years and to see<br />

everyone come together.<br />

Have you ever had any significant injuries while<br />

snowboarding, and how did you recover from them?<br />

2022 - 2023 Northern and Southern season was pretty<br />

rough. I had back-to-back injuries – around four. They were<br />

pretty big which put me out of snowboarding for quite some<br />

time. It was a big learning stage because I hadn’t really had<br />

injuries from when I was 16 until now.<br />

Since the Olympics, I had back-to-back injuries. I was pretty<br />

bummed. Physically I was fine and the pain would pass. It<br />

was mentally that I struggled to get myself back. It was hard<br />

but there was a lot of time spent reflecting, time to learn<br />

about myself and I had a lot of support from Snow Sports<br />

and Red Bull.<br />

I’m so excited now to be back on the snow, back to where I<br />

was and able to snowboard with all my friends.<br />

Cool Wakuhshima performs during a helicopter<br />

snowboarding mission near Wanaka, New Zealand<br />

Image by Miles Holden / Red Bull Content Pool<br />



Cool Wakushima performs at the Swatch Nines in Mürren, Switzerland on April 22, 2023.<br />

Image byt Lorenz Richard / Red Bull Content Pool<br />

Are there any other athletes or snowboarders who inspire<br />

you or whom you look up to? I love Zoi Sadowski-Synnott.<br />

She’s someone I look up to. She’s my teammate and it’s cool<br />

and crazy that I get to snowboard with her. Watching her at the<br />

2018 Olympics was one of the reasons I was inspired to go in<br />

the direction of snowboarding as a career.<br />

I also love Hailey Langland. I’ve always looked up to her. I love<br />

how she rides – it just looks fun.<br />

I also look up to my friends. They’re not anyone famous.<br />

They’re the people that I first snowboarded with that weren’t my<br />

family and are the first crew I’ve had. They’re called ‘Platinum<br />

Crew’. They were all boys and I was the only girl but they never<br />

made me feel that way. They were all better than me – I could<br />

see them being better and I was always trying to chase it.<br />

They’re good friends and some of my favourite snowboarders<br />

of all time.<br />

What advice would you give aspiring female snowboarders<br />

who want to pursue a career in the sport? They can do it;<br />

just start. I feel like the snowboarding community, especially<br />

for women, is so small. Just get amongst it. They don’t have to<br />

go down the professional route. It’d be cool to see more girls<br />

in general up the hill and I hope that by watching me or other<br />

girls hit the jumps, it inspires them to hit the jumps and come<br />

to the park because I know it can be intimidating. I know it was<br />

intimidating for me when I first started.<br />

I want everyone to know that anyone’s welcome in the park.<br />

It’s never too late to start. I know we can get scared – for me,<br />

it was scary until I was 16 and realised what I wanted. But<br />

snowboarding is fun! It’s nothing to be scared of. And one day<br />

the ‘’scary’’ part becomes funny – you laugh and think it’s funny<br />

and fun to fall over.<br />

What is your favourite snowboarding-related travel<br />

destination outside of New Zealand? I love Switzerland. It’s<br />

really nice. I actually love the whole of Europe. It’s beautiful. I<br />

did two months there on my own and it was so much fun.<br />

Do you have any specific rituals or superstitions that you<br />

follow before or during a competition? I clear my mind<br />

completely. I try not to think about snowboarding or anything<br />

at all. I do think about the imagery of what my run is going to<br />

look like before I drop in. But when I’m about to drop in, I look<br />

around and try not to think about any snowboarding at all. This<br />

works really well for me. For example, I’ll look around and try<br />

to spot something like a parachuter up the hill and I’ll be like<br />

‘’ohhh’’ and just drop in.<br />

How important is teamwork and collaboration in<br />

snowboarding, especially when working with your<br />

sponsors, coaches or fellow riders?<br />

It’s really important. Snowboarding is an individual sport –<br />

when you’re on the course, you’re by yourself and it’s not like<br />

someone is there to help. But teamwork is important, so is<br />

communicating with all your support crew. They’re there to help<br />

you and they want to help you. To me, it’s essential to have a<br />

good crew on the hill and I really like to treasure the moments I<br />

have up there with others and I love learning with them.<br />

It also makes it easier to try new things. When someone else's<br />

trying or pushing you, it becomes a big motivation. Although it's<br />

an individual sport, there is a lot of teamwork that comes with it.<br />

What are your goals and aspirations for your<br />

snowboarding 2023 -2024? My vision is to make a name<br />

for myself within the snowboard community and get an<br />

international stage. To do that I need this domestic season, and<br />

I’ve got to put my head down and work hard to be ready for the<br />

2024 northern season!<br />


locals<br />



From majestic mountains to sacred rivers, the living landscape of Ruapehu is<br />

home to many wāhine toa proud to call this place home - where the natural<br />

environment is a life force to respect, care for and preserve for generations to<br />

come. Meet some of Ruapehu’s local champions and tourism operators inviting<br />

visitors to connect deeper and discover authentic adventures here like no other.<br />

Operator Profile: Rebecca Mead, Ngati Raukawa<br />

Whanganui River Canoes, Raetihi Holiday Park,<br />

Mountain Bike Station, Raetihi<br />

Who I Am:<br />

Kia ora, I am Rebecca. My partner Ben and I own and<br />

operate our family businesses in Ruapehu. Operating<br />

Raetihi Holiday Park, Whanganui River Canoes, and<br />

Mountain Bike Station we meet manuhiri from all over<br />

New Zealand and around the world.<br />

We love raising our 3 kids in such a small, remote,<br />

close-knit community, with plenty of opportunity for<br />

adventure around the corner.<br />

Top Recommendations for <strong>Adventure</strong> Seekers In Ruapehu:<br />

When holidaying in Ruapehu there really is something<br />

for everyone. Our small holiday park is a lovely spot for<br />

adventurers to use as a base.<br />

• Take a stroll along the beautiful Mākōtuku River Walkway<br />

alongside our Holiday Park. Join our team for a 3-day<br />

canoe trip down the Whanganui River, or our Mountains to<br />

Sea Cycle Trail ride.<br />

What I Love About My Community:<br />

The last few years have been especially difficult, but all the<br />

hospitality and tourism operators in Ruapehu want each other<br />

to succeed, so it is always good to catch up with each other<br />

and see how we can help each other out. Our community has<br />

so many vibrant young rangatahi, with so many stories to tell, I<br />

can't wait to see our industry grow even stronger.<br />

My Favourite Childhood Memory:<br />

I grew up in Aramoho Whanganui, overlooking the everchanging<br />

Whanganui River. Most of my treasured childhood<br />

memories are with my three brothers on the banks of the<br />

Whanganui River. My oldest brother passed away when he<br />

was 17 and I was 14, and although we spent our early years<br />

paddling, swimming, and exploring the lower reaches of the<br />

river, he never got to see the beauty of the upper reaches we<br />

live on today. Each time I paddle, jet boat, or stay on the awa<br />

with my children, I imagine my brother is with us.<br />


Operator Profile: Sheryl Simpson, Ngati Tuwharetoa<br />

Rua Awa Lodge, Kakahi<br />

Who I Am:<br />

I’m a former ultra-distance, multi day adventurer,<br />

triathlete, and yoga teacher. I live in Kakahi my<br />

tūrangawaewae.<br />

What I Love About My Community:<br />

The connectivity, support, friendly chats and<br />

waves, pace of life and everyday beauty in the<br />

Ruapehu District.<br />

What We Do And Services We Offer Our<br />

Guests:<br />

My husband Warren and I own and run Rua<br />

Awa Lodge, relax, and reconnect is our mantra!<br />

You can do as much or as little as you like, we<br />

provide homegrown and homemade breakfast<br />

provisions, you can order delicious food from<br />

our farm kitchen for a true garden to plate<br />

experience. If you are interested in food-based<br />

workshops, we offer many and can also lead<br />

Yoga & stretch sessions for guests, the lodge<br />

has a spacious Yoga studio. With direct access<br />

to the Whanganui and Whakapapa Rivers,<br />

fishing, swimming, and walking are all available<br />

from our doorstep. We are part of Tourism<br />

Industry Aotearoa’s sustainability commitment,<br />

and imbue the Tiaki Promise to care for people,<br />

place, and culture.<br />

Top Recommendations for <strong>Adventure</strong> Seekers In Ruapehu:<br />

• Spend some time on the Whanganui River for the journey<br />

of a lifetime - a completely immersive and must-do<br />

experience. Owhango <strong>Adventure</strong>s offer a cultural guided<br />

journey down the Whanganui River with local Māori guides<br />

who offer a unique perspective, cultural insight, and history.<br />

• Cycle or hike the Timber Trail, the options are endless,<br />

immerse yourself for a few days for a truly outstanding<br />

experience.<br />

• Adrift Tongariro offer a guided hike on the Tongariro Alpine<br />

Crossing in winter amidst a magnificent snow-covered<br />

landscape. Everything is supplied if you need it, so go for<br />

it! You'll be talking about it forever.<br />

• Ohinetonga Reserve is my absolute favourite. The diversity<br />

of the track is what keeps me coming back weekly, it's<br />

very well maintained by a dedicated group of locals<br />

(Owhango Alive) with swimming and picnic spots along<br />

the way. Excellent views of the Whakapapa River and a<br />

boardwalk crosses Ohinetonga Lagoon. Easily accessed<br />

with amenities.<br />

My Vision For Our Place:<br />

To offer our guests an opportunity to<br />

experience a slice of New Zealand rural life,<br />

in a small village environment. With beautiful<br />

accommodation and surroundings that<br />

encourage deep breaths, slow travel, and a<br />

sense of wonder.<br />

To read more stories and find your next adventure visit www.visitruapehu.com<br />


explore<br />




Flyfishing is a male-dominated sport.<br />

Go to any river, any lake and if there<br />

are people flyfishing, they will in the<br />

main be men. But there is a growing<br />

number of female anglers, who not only<br />

enjoy the sport but are actively involved<br />

in competitions. This number is growing<br />

fast, and to find out we caught up with<br />

Sarah Delany, one afternoon when she<br />

was not on the river.<br />

The location is half of the passion of trout fishing -<br />

Sarah on the Whanganui River. ADVENTUREMAGAZINE.CO.NZ//39<br />

- Image by Cory Scott


Sarah tell us a little about your background. I’m originally from<br />

Wellington and moved to Taupo about 19 years ago for a change of<br />

lifestyle to get away from the corporate job. I chose Taupo so I could fish<br />

and ski. But life has other plans for me and a combination of two spinal<br />

operations and a baby kept me away from both for many years. However<br />

now with a titanium l4/l5/s1 in my back in 2020 it’s given me the strength<br />

to pursue my passion for fly fishing. I have fallen in love with all aspects<br />

of fly fishing. I love the mental and physical challenges. I like being in the<br />

outdoors, and love catching fish as well as the planning and fly-tying it’s an<br />

all-consuming culture not just fishing.<br />

Growing up in Wellington we lived near Evans Bay and always seemed to<br />

have access to a boat where we fished Cook Straight and the Marlborough<br />

sounds (this was the 70s there were fish in the sounds them!). I loved<br />

fishing, but my older sister hated it. I believe you are born an angler or<br />

not. Some people just don’t get it. From an early age, I simply loved it. Not<br />

sure whether it was spending time with my dad, or actually catching fish,<br />

I’m not sure, but I always loved it as a little girl. When I was at university in<br />

Christchurch, I found out about fly fishing and realised you could go fishing<br />

without a boat, and Malcolm Bell ran a fly-fishing course for beginners, and<br />

I had a few outings before partying and travel took over for a decade or so!<br />

I’ve always loved the outdoors. As a teenager through school, I got to go<br />

to the outdoor pursuits centre in Turangi for a few days, which had a huge<br />

impact on me. A few years later, I ended up graduating with a degree in<br />

parks, recreation and tourism management from Lincoln University.<br />

I then always dabbled with sea kayaking trips, tramps, rafting, and<br />

triathlons. Just for recreation, nothing serious. I loved the adventure and<br />

outdoors.<br />

Your back injury issues sounds serious. How does it affect your<br />

fishing? Before my fusion surgery I was too fatigued to go out for the<br />

whole day and at one stage I couldn’t walk 100m without having to sit<br />

down. It was a risky operation, and they aren’t always successful but<br />

at that stage I was 50 years old with a 9 year old and I didn’t want to sit<br />

around and do nothing for the next 40 years so I took the risk and the<br />

operation was a success for me.<br />

How do you get around the back issue? I’m not allowed to run ever<br />

again (there goes my marathon career!) Nor use a rowing machine, or<br />

anything jarring- so fly fishing is just great for me. I do kettlebell swings<br />

and exercises and a lot of stretching otherwise I seize up. I am motivated<br />

to exercise as there are places, I want to walk to and fish. This year I<br />

walked into a doc hut 8km and fished and walked out again with a pack<br />

and fishing gear. This was such an achievement for me. Planning the next<br />

trip for 2 nights in November when we get back from the World Champs.<br />

What is it that draws you to fly fishing? It is a pastime which ticks all<br />

the boxes - physical fitness, and mental challenge trying to catch trout in<br />

all types of water, be it a lake (shallow or deep), different rivers large and<br />

small, deep pools, shallow runs tests your physically and mentally all the<br />

time. So many types of water mean different techniques are needed to<br />

catch trout, using different rods and flies. Knowing what to use in each<br />

situation is a challenge and a skill; and it’s a lifetime of learning.<br />

And the fish takes the hook, Koranga River - Image by Cory Scott<br />

Tell us about competitive fly fishing? Competitive sports fly fishing is<br />

run on both lakes and rivers. For lakes you have a 3x3 hr session in a<br />

small fly-fishing boat. You catch, measure and release for points. On a<br />

river, it’s 3x2 hr sessions where you are given a stretch of water to try to<br />

catch, measure and release as many within that 2-hr period. There is a<br />

minimum size, and you get points for the fish and length. It’s been going<br />

on for many years.<br />


Koranga River<br />

There are not a lot of women fly fishing – is there a bias?<br />

Depends on where you are in New Zealand, Taupo has a lot of<br />

women fishing. I think Taupo fishing club is 40% women which is<br />

the largest proportion in NZ we think. I don’t know why more women<br />

aren’t into it - it’s accessible, and a lot of women like fishing in general.<br />

We have definitely seen an interest growing. I run a fly-fishing<br />

tournament in Turangi each year it’s exploded to 40 anglers this year<br />

when we started with about 9 friends.<br />

Fly tying: surely it is cheaper to go buy a fly than make one, why<br />

make the effort? In sports fly fishing barbless hooks are used, and<br />

you can’t buy flies with barbless hooks, so I was kind of forced into<br />

fly tying! But it does improve your angling- if you go somewhere and<br />

you think you need a heavier nymph for a certain situation, you can<br />

go home, tie them up and have them in your fly box for next time. I<br />

think tying your own, you are more aware of the flies you need, their<br />

weights, and even different hooks for certain situations.<br />

What advice would you give anyone who is keen to learn to fly<br />

fish? Join a club and meet people and learn how to fish the water you<br />

want e.g., fishing small streams in the Waikato is going to be different<br />

than fishing the Tongariro. Where are you going to fish you meet<br />

people and often go with them.<br />

Is there anyone on YouTube you follow and suggest that other do<br />

too? I’m pretty focused on learning competition-style fishing so watch<br />

a few competition anglers e.g., Tactical Fly Fisher, and smart angling.<br />

For fly tying you can’t go past Davie McPhail and his lovely accent!<br />

On the Tongariro with the kids<br />

In terms of fly fishing what do you wish<br />

you knew when you started that you know<br />

now? I think I would say to someone sit back<br />

and watch and ask questions. Watch someone<br />

catching fish and ask them what technique they<br />

are using, what gear they are using, and what<br />

kind of water suits their gear. There are different<br />

techniques to suit different types of water, which<br />

can be confusing at first, but once you get it, it<br />

opens up a lot of fishing space for you!<br />

If there is one piece of equipment under<br />

$100 that you would not be without when<br />

fly fishing? A cord which attaches to my fly<br />

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Eric finding out that most of the track was in the river - Image by Antz<br />

By Eric Skilling<br />

The promise was for gentle climbs<br />

through one of the most ancient forests<br />

in New Zealand, encounters with the<br />

native whio from the many rivers and<br />

streams, followed by long evenings<br />

in front of warm fires in the company<br />

of like-minded friends. Weather<br />

forecasters also promised at least one<br />

cloudless day and we were due a full<br />

moon. The perfect time and place for a<br />

mid-winter long weekend getaway-fromit-all<br />

and refresh. The sentence in the<br />

guide stating “sixty-plus river crossings<br />

in the first day” couldn’t possibly be<br />

correct - could it?<br />

The Reality was all of that plus many<br />

more raucous bird encounters than we<br />

could ever have imagined - including<br />

kiwi. Add in plenty of treefall to clamber<br />

over, some unwelcome encounters with<br />

ongaonga, and full-flowing rivers of icecold<br />

water after weeks of record rainfall.<br />

Altogether an adventurous three days<br />

full of great water-cooler stories.<br />

Sharing Whirinaki Hut with Jacob,<br />

a DOC contractor working from the<br />

shelter, was another highpoint. Apart<br />

from his entertaining company, his firelighting<br />

skills are now legendary.<br />

River Road carpark to Mangamate Hut:<br />

5 Hours<br />

Within the first hour of leaving the car<br />

park we came across the DOC track sign<br />

boldly alleging 6.5km or 3.5 hours to the<br />

hut. Anything averaging less than two<br />

kilometres an hour suggested challenging<br />

terrain ahead. A little surprising<br />

considering the topo map showed an<br />

elevation gain of less than 350 metres to<br />

the night’s accommodation.<br />

It wasn’t long before we understood<br />

why the going was so slow – we spent<br />

as much time in the river as alongside<br />

it. “Sixty river crossings” is just code for<br />

“most of the track is in the river”. Not really<br />

a problem in summer with warmer water<br />

and lots of exposed rocks. But In winter,<br />

with most of the rocks well submerged,<br />

our boots were saturated in numbingly<br />

cold water within minutes of starting the<br />

trail to Mangamate Hut.<br />

Treefall was not that common, but what<br />

there was took us well off the marked<br />

route as we clambered up steep banks<br />

and around mangled roots of once mighty<br />

podocarps. A steep sided river valley and<br />

high canopy kept the sky hidden for most<br />

of the journey, and the much-vaunted<br />

sun was limited to a few patches of open<br />

ground alongside the river.<br />

Somehow this never seemed to bother<br />

our little group of five. It felt good to be<br />

immersed in these evergreen forests.<br />

Matai, totara and kahikatea - trunks larger<br />

than the reach of outstretched arms - lined<br />

the trail. Masses of multicoloured mosses,<br />

lichens and fungus coated the fallen<br />

branches and trunks of trees.<br />

Shrill warning calls of whio/blue duck<br />

were quite common, as were the cries of<br />

robin, piwakaka, yellowhead and what I<br />

optimistically believed to be the chirrup of<br />

the diminutive riflemen.<br />

Reaching Mangamate Hut early afternoon,<br />

with saturated boots but thawing feet<br />

after exiting the river for the last couple of<br />

kilometres, was very welcome. Our elation<br />

was a little tempered when a couple that<br />

had arrived earlier informed us they were<br />

pitching a tent after discovering rats in the<br />

hut. Fortunately, they had kindly swept<br />

the hut of droppings, and sanitiser in<br />

hand, we decided to brave the possibility<br />

of uninvited guests. Luckily there was no<br />

sign of the local vermin during our short<br />

stay although we did discourage them by<br />

hanging our food in bags from a hook,<br />

strategically screwed into the pitched<br />

ceiling.<br />


Left: Scrambling over treefall on<br />

the last day.<br />

Top: Making our way slowly up<br />

Mangamate Stream<br />

Above: Unwelcome welcome to<br />

River Road Car Park<br />

Right: Enjoying a good read over<br />

coffee at Mangamate Hut<br />

Saying it was quite cold is like describing<br />

bungie-jumping as quite exciting. I can<br />

assure you there are no brass monkeys<br />

living around Mangamate hut – they all<br />

became impotent and extinct a long time<br />

ago. An hour after sunrise the next day<br />

- and in full sun, the thin red line on the<br />

thermometer nailed to a post on the deck<br />

failed to reach zero. Hardly surprising but<br />

still a shock after an autumn of warm, wet<br />

weather.<br />

It wasn’t long before we had unpacked<br />

and joined our fellow hikers on the deck.<br />

We gazed out at the undulating carpet of<br />

green canopy draping the steep valley<br />

walls around us while sipping hot coffee<br />

and dunking gingernuts.<br />

Managing to get a fire going made the<br />

small hut very cosy, inviting a game of<br />

cards in dim candlelight. Following a<br />

few games of rummy, which ended up<br />

with more rules than a Health and Safety<br />

Manual on a Nuclear Submarine, bad light<br />

forced us onto bunks. It’s been a while<br />

since I have worn a thermal top all day, but<br />

even longer since I have donned a full set<br />

before climbing into a sleeping bag.<br />

An hour or so later I was woken by the<br />

moon as it appeared over the ridge.<br />

Being miles away from the interference<br />

of human-made light pollution, it shone<br />

brightly enough to make it difficult to see<br />

all but the brightest stars. One of those<br />

incidents when you find yourself standing<br />

and staring – despite the ice-cold air. Yet<br />

another memorable moment.<br />

Mangamate Hut to Central Whirinaki<br />

Hut: 5 hours Unsurprisingly, within an<br />

hour of leaving Mangamate hut we found<br />

ourselves stepping off the end of a well<br />

worm track into the crystal clear but cold<br />

waters of the Whirinaki River.<br />

Once again, we were cheered on our<br />

way by several whio, robin, and other<br />

native birds, clearly enjoying life in this<br />

remarkable forest. Unfortunately, we<br />

were also witness to some track damage<br />

caused by rooting pigs. These trotting<br />

swine clearly relish consuming the protein<br />

rich native earthworm – competing<br />

with our national bird for this source of<br />

nourishment.<br />

More personally three of us incurred<br />

the wrath of ongaonga or nettle. Leaves<br />

ranging in size from a few to almost<br />

thirty centimetres, with “hairs” up to<br />

10 millimetres high, ready to imbed<br />

themselves in any exposed flesh.<br />

Symptoms ranged from a painful rash<br />

on the back of the hands to a curiously<br />

irritating numbness. Potentially fatal<br />

for dogs, the stings were more of a<br />

nuisance to us and responded well to<br />

antihistamines.<br />

Even colder than the previous day it was<br />

blissful to round a bend and see the river<br />

flat and Whirinaki Hut ahead.<br />

Typically slow learners, a short time after<br />

arriving the two males in the party decided<br />

to have a wash. They disappeared into<br />

the mists in the direction of the river,<br />

battered pots from the hut kitchen in<br />

hand. The girls were far more sensible<br />

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packs, boiling some water, adding some<br />

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Duane Motu directing the future<br />

The inclusion of esports in the<br />

Olympics has generated a significant<br />

impact and sparked both excitement<br />

and controversy. Esports, which<br />

involves competitive video gaming,<br />

has garnered a massive global<br />

following in recent years, especially<br />

among younger generations. By<br />

bringing esports to the Olympic stage,<br />

the Games have seen increased<br />

engagement from new audiences and<br />

a massive surge in digital viewership.<br />

The question now begs, does this<br />

allow the Olympics to stay relevant<br />

and adapt to modern entertainment<br />

preferences or does it water-down the<br />

fundamentals of Olympic competitive<br />

sport?<br />

Despite the positive impacts, including<br />

esports under the Olympic rings has<br />

faced criticism from various quarters.<br />

Traditionalists argue that esports<br />

lack the physicality and athleticism of<br />

conventional Olympic sports (which<br />

does show a lack of understanding of<br />

how esports are sometimes played).<br />

The journey of esports towards<br />

Olympic recognition has been gradual.<br />

The International Olympic Committee<br />

(IOC) first acknowledged esports'<br />

potential cultural impact and began<br />

engaging with stakeholders in the<br />

gaming industry during the early<br />

2010s. In 2017, esports made its<br />

first appearance in the Asian Indoor<br />

and Martial Arts Games, marking<br />

a significant step towards broader<br />

recognition was included as a<br />

demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian<br />

Games in Jakarta.<br />

Earlier this year Singapore, hosted the<br />

first in-person Olympic Esports Week<br />

including 10 finals in the Olympic<br />

Esports Series 2023.<br />

It began with the Olympic Esports<br />

Week Forum, which heard from<br />

industry leaders in technology,<br />

gaming, and real-world sports as well<br />

as top players such as Ewok and<br />

Jaime "Karma" Bickford.<br />

Once competition began form the very<br />

first event, the Zwift cycling final, to<br />

the very last, the eFIBA on NBA2k23<br />

exhibition, sports and gaming came<br />

together to produce an impressive<br />

show watched by huge numbers .<br />

Tic Tac Bow (archery), Virtual Regatta<br />

(sailing), Just Dance (dance), WBSC<br />


(baseball), Chess.com (chess),<br />

Tennis Clash (tennis), ISSF Challenge<br />

featuring Fortnite (shooting), and Gran<br />

Turismo 7 (motorsport) all also got<br />

their time in the limelight under the<br />

traditional Olympic Rings.<br />

The shooting and motorsport<br />

competitions, played with large<br />

followings worldwide, understandably<br />

popular – but it was the Virtual<br />

Taekwondo event, the last final of the<br />

Olympic Esports Series 2023, which<br />

drew one of the biggest crowds of the<br />

entire Olympic Esports Week.<br />

At the forefront of esports, worldwide<br />

is the Kiwi, Duane Mutu, we caught up<br />

with Duane found out more about who<br />

he was and got a positive glimpse into<br />

what some see as a controversial<br />

future.<br />

Who is Duane Mutu? I am an NZ<br />

Maori with ties to the far north Te<br />

Rarawa, Ngati Kahu but reside in<br />

Orewa on the sunny Hibiscus Coast.<br />

I have a wife, two kids, a dog, a cat,<br />

two mice and a fish. I went to Uni<br />

and left to travel the world and spent<br />

time in Asia, Australia, and Europe<br />

before coming home. Throughout<br />

that journey I primarily worked in two<br />

sectors which I think are very similar -<br />

gaming and action sports.<br />

I worked in UK launching Mambo<br />

surfwear and spent time at other surf<br />

brands too. I launched the NZ TV<br />

channel Garage TV which was a 24-<br />

hour action sport network. In gaming,<br />

I was lucky enough to launch the<br />

Nintendo Game Cube and worked<br />

with the biggest gaming brands like<br />

Ubisoft, Disney, EA. I have always<br />

been fascinated with both sectors and<br />

seen similarities. I grew up skating,<br />

surfing and snowboarding before it<br />

was mainstream and a lot people<br />

frowned upon the sector and its<br />

participants and that now is similar<br />

to esports. Nobody saw surfing and<br />

skating making the Olympics back<br />

when I started surfing, but that is<br />

true for Gaming now, and I have just<br />

returned from the first-ever Olympic<br />

esports week… history repeating.<br />

Who or what is Letsplay.live?<br />

Letsplay.live is a company I created<br />

to grow the best video game players<br />

in NZ and we were very early to the<br />


sector - like globally early, it was<br />

created to promote NZ to the world<br />

but then we became a world leader<br />

in the space. Now LPL is seen as the<br />

leading esports media and tournament<br />

operator in the region and we deliver<br />

tournaments and content to all parts<br />

of the world with the best players,<br />

biggest game publishers and brands.<br />

For those that live completely<br />

under a rock or never spoken<br />

with a teen. Describe esport –<br />

what is it, what it is not and brief<br />

development/ history and projected<br />

growth? Esports is the term used to<br />

describe competitive video gaming.<br />

This can be 1v1, 3v3, 5 v5 or even<br />

a game like Fortnite where it is 100<br />

people. It is very similar to sport but<br />

with a digital playing field. The games<br />

vary as do the players so it looks more<br />

like actions sports - surfing being<br />

different to moto cross for example.<br />

For people who think esports is a<br />

passing phase, the video game sector<br />

is already bigger than movies and<br />

music combined so it is the largest<br />

entertainment sector in the world.<br />

People may feel that it is weird<br />

watching other people play games<br />

but isn’t that just sport? There are<br />

more people watching esport content<br />

globally than those that watch rugby!<br />

Esports is already one of the most<br />

watched sports on the planet. League<br />

of Legends (A video game) finals<br />

equalled the Superbowl in viewership.<br />

How can Esports be part of the<br />

Olympics when there is so little<br />

activity – the same questions were<br />

asked of chess and the IOC attitude<br />

was, "Mind sports, by their nature,<br />

cannot be part of the program."<br />

Has this changed ? The Olympics<br />

have gone a slightly different direction<br />

to start the journey into esports and<br />

have focussed primarily on “virtual<br />

sports” where the competitor is<br />

physically doing the activity in a<br />

digital environment. It is interesting<br />

you mention chess as that was one<br />

of the events at the OEW and the<br />

players played virtual chess. The<br />

likes of Zwift is a great example also<br />

where the athletes (of which some<br />

were former elite global cyclists) ride<br />

physical bikes and that propels them<br />

in a digital bike race. Just dance was<br />

another where the players danced<br />

on stage, and they were scored with<br />

the video game. This aligns to the<br />

Olympic Values and helps translate<br />

traditional athletes across the gaming<br />

space. The push back has really come<br />

from the gaming community who<br />

would prefer traditional esport titles<br />

like DOTA, LOL , CSGO but I am sure<br />

this is only a start, and in time more<br />

of the traditional esports will appear<br />

at the Olympics. What I know is that<br />

the Olympics will not leave esports<br />

now as they have announced another<br />

Olympic esport week in 2025 so it will<br />

just be whether gaming does show up<br />

as a medalled sport in either summer<br />

or winter Olympics in time or it stays<br />

as its own Olympic event.<br />

Who needs who more? Does<br />

Esports need the Olympics or<br />

does the Olympics need Esport?<br />

The Olympics needs esports more<br />

than esports needs the Olympics<br />

but this true for all traditional sports.<br />

There is a decline in viewership on<br />

traditional sport globally, be that All<br />

Blacks, NRL, NFL etc hence why<br />

sports are trying to engage in video<br />

gaming. Gaming content is the most<br />

watched content globally but certainly<br />

in the youth demographic so it makes<br />

sense for sports to try and embrace<br />

this. It comes as no surprise that the<br />

Olympics is trying to bring gaming<br />

into the Olympic tent. If you speak<br />

with a 17-year-old anywhere in the<br />

world and asked them if they want<br />

to watch synchronised swimming or<br />

archery, or Fortnite, NBA2K or GT7<br />

the answer will almost always be the<br />

gaming content. This is a way for the<br />

Olympics to modernise no different<br />

than offering breakdancing, surfing<br />

and skateboarding; it is to engage a<br />

younger demographic. Esports is no<br />

different.<br />





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In June 2023 the public has a say in the semifinal of the Instagram<br />

category of the Red Bull Illume 2023 contest. Normally, a panel of<br />

judges consisting of photographers, industry experts, and others<br />

decides the winners of the most prestigious action photography<br />

competition in the world. However, these categories are an exception.<br />

Out of the 25 semi-finalists selected for photos and reels, the public<br />

decided which five will advance to the grand final and be invited<br />

to the award ceremony in Sölden, Austria, from November 28th<br />

to November 30th, 2023. Moreover, their work will be part of the<br />

contest's travelling exhibition, and they will be in contention for victory<br />

in this category.<br />

The submissions include photos and videos of various action sports<br />

like surfing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, snowboarding, diving,<br />

skateboarding, freeskiing, BMX, mountain biking (MTB), wingsuit<br />

flying, kayaking, parkour, motocross, climbing, and adventure.<br />

Photographer: Jeremy Blatti,<br />

Athlete: Hamada Kamel,<br />

Location: Soma Bay, Egypt

Photographer: Keenan Meyer,<br />

Athlete: Murray Loubser,<br />

Location: Maidens Cove, Cape Town, South Africa<br />



Photographer: Yhabril,<br />

Athlete: Alejandro Arellano,<br />

Location: Malacara Peak, Spain.

zerofit//Heatrub Ultimate Leggings<br />

RRP:$129.95 (AUD)<br />

The Ultimate Leggings are<br />

made from the same material<br />

as the award-winning Heatrub<br />

Ultimate baselayer. The<br />

leggings are comparable to<br />

fleece lined overtrousers, but<br />

with the added benefit of ease<br />

of movement.<br />

zerofit//Heatrub Neckwarmer<br />

RRP:$49.95 (AUD)<br />

The Neck Warmer uses the<br />

same ‘heat threads’ that<br />

feature in the award-winning<br />

Ultimate baselayer, which has<br />

been independently proven to<br />

be five times warmer than a<br />

standard product.<br />

zerofit//Heatrub move<br />

RRP:$109.95 (AUD)<br />

The Move features a 45%<br />

polypropylene inner / hollow<br />

polyester shell that work in<br />

tandem to regulate body<br />

temperature, so as you work<br />

harder for longer, you don’t<br />

overheat in the conditions.<br />



zerofit//Heatrub Ultimate<br />

RRP:$129.95 (AUD)<br />

The award-winning Heatrub<br />

Ultimate is best-in-class baselayer<br />

that uses enhanced Heat Threads<br />

inside the garment that are<br />

activated through movement,<br />

gently brushing against the skin to<br />

generate positive warmth instantly.

layers<br />

rab Nexus Hoody $179.95<br />

A lightweight hooded slim fit<br />

midlayer, the Nexus Hoody is<br />

a versatile staple perfect for<br />

keeping you warm on cool<br />

hikes, climbs and scrambles.<br />


outdoor research Cirque Lite Pants $249.99<br />

Designed for mobility and protection<br />

on your shoulder-season alpine<br />

adventures. Breathable, wind,<br />

water and abrasion-resistant and<br />

stretchy, have a gusseted crotch<br />

and articulated knees for freedom<br />

of movement and scuff guards<br />

for durability. Men’s version also<br />

available.<br />


rab Xenair Alpine Light Jacket $379.95<br />

Adaptable, lightweight, and versatile,<br />

the Xenair Alpine Light Hoody is a<br />

dual weight, synthetic insulated jacket<br />

that excels in mixed conditions and<br />

start stop activities.<br />


Patagonia Granite Crest Jacket $459.99<br />

The 3-layer jacket is ideal for all-day movement<br />

on the trail in wet conditions. Made with NetPlus®<br />

100% postconsumer recycled nylon ripstop made<br />

from recycled fishing nets to help reduce ocean<br />

plastic pollution; with a PFC-free DWR finish.<br />

H2No® Performance Standard for waterproof/<br />

breathable protection and Fair Trade Certified<br />

sewn.<br />


Patagonia Tropic Comfort Natural Hoody $179.99<br />

Delivering dependable 40+ UPF sun protection and<br />

ingenious on-the-water functionality, this hoody<br />

features Patagonia modal fabric. Engineered<br />

from renewable, natural beech tree pulp, modal<br />

is super-soft and breathable yet durable for the<br />

most demanding weather conditions. Fair Trade<br />

Certified sewn.<br />



puffers<br />

outdoor research Women’s SuperStrand LT Jacket $319.99<br />

4-season ultralight, packable, featuring VerticalX<br />

SuperStrand insulation that is as soft, light and lofty<br />

as 700-800 fill power down. Ripstop nylon shell and<br />

lining for abrasion, water and wind resistance plus a<br />

quilting pattern that reduces stitching and creates an<br />

uninterrupted flow of warmth. Stows in its own pocket.<br />

272g (medium). Men’s version also available.<br />


cotopaxi Fuego Down Jacket $479.99<br />

Cotopaxi’s Fuego Down Jackets are versatile, waterresistant,<br />

and lightweight. Not only will Fuego keep you<br />

warm, it’s also made with responsibly sourced, RDScertified<br />

down.<br />


RAb Cubit Stretch Down Vest $379.95<br />

For a quick boost of warmth, the<br />

Cubit Stretch Down Vest is the<br />

perfect everyday gilet on a cold<br />

winter’s day.<br />


rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket $399.95<br />

Combining proven mountain utility<br />

with refined styling and feather-light<br />

packability, our updated Women’s<br />

Microlight Alpine Jacket is the perfect<br />

down layer for quick-grab mountain<br />

insulation.<br />


Outdoor Research Women’s Super Alpine Down Parka $699.99<br />

Outdoor Research's warmest technical down jacket and<br />

is designed for belaying or early starts in cold conditions<br />

and high-altitude adventures. Made with durable<br />

Pertex® Quantum Pro for protection from the weather<br />

and insulated with 800 fill-power goose down. Features<br />

adjustable cuffs, hem and insulated, helmet-compatible<br />

hood. Includes stuff sack. Men’s version also available.<br />



feet<br />

Crocs Classic Clog $89.99<br />

It’s the iconic clog that started a comfort<br />

revolution around the world! Crocs<br />

Classic Clogs offer lightweight Iconic<br />

Crocs Comfort, a color for every personality,<br />

and an ongoing invitation to be<br />

comfortable in your own shoes.<br />


Crocs Classic All-Terrain Clog $109.99<br />

Comfort For The <strong>Adventure</strong>s near<br />

and far. The Classic All-Terrain Clog<br />

is ready for it all, even in the harshest<br />

environments. With a more rugged<br />

outsole and an adjustable turbo strap,<br />

the ground beneath your feet has never<br />

felt more surmountable.<br />


GLERUPS The Boot Honey Rubber $199.00<br />

Made from 100% high-quality wool that provides<br />

exceptional comfort & warmth. glerups boots are<br />

soft and cosy, allowing you to rejuvenate your<br />

tired feet after a long day.<br />

glerups boots provide comfort, durability, grip,<br />

and breathability, making them an excellent<br />

choice for your outdoor adventures.<br />

Go with natural this season, go with glerups.<br />



Our SALEWA® 3F system and Ankle<br />

Protector system provide additional<br />

support and stability, while an abrasionresistant<br />

double ripstop upper with<br />

TPU rand provide enhanced protection.<br />

Weather protection and breathability are<br />

provided by our sustainable Powertex®<br />

PFC-free waterproof membrane. The<br />

EVA midsole delivers optimal rebound,<br />

and the Pomoca Speed Hiker Pro<br />

outsole works well on mud, grass and<br />

rock.<br />

Fit: STANDARD / Weight: (M) 390 g<br />

(W) 290 g (pictured)<br />


SALEWA ALP TRAINER 2 $349.90<br />

The Alp Trainer 2 is a low-cut alpine<br />

hiking and trekking shoe built for<br />

enhanced performance and control in<br />

a wide spectrum of mountain terrain.<br />

Its high-quality, thick suede leather<br />

upper and full 360° rubber rand<br />

ensures good comfort and protection.<br />

The Vibram® Alpine Hiking outsole<br />

excels in wet and muddy conditions<br />

thanks to its aggressive lug pattern.<br />

Fit: STANDARD / Weight (M) 450 g<br />

(W) 350 g (pictured)<br />


SALEWA RAPACE GTX $599.90<br />

The Rapace GTX is a lightweight<br />

mountaineering boot with a hardwearing<br />

nubuck upper with waterproof<br />

breathable GORE-TEX® protection.<br />

The 3F System provides ankle support,<br />

flexibility and a perfect fit. Our Bilight<br />

TPU technology and Nylon + 27%<br />

Fiberglass in the midsole ensures an<br />

ergonomic hold and allows the use of<br />

semi-automatic crampons. There’s a<br />

full rubber rand, and the Vibram WTC<br />

outsole has an aggressive tread pattern<br />

that gives good traction.<br />

Fit: WIDE / Weight: (M) 740 g (W) 615 g<br />

(pictured)<br />



Made for alpine hiking and long backpacking<br />

routes – our lightweight, comfortable and<br />

supportive mid-cut boot has a waterproof,<br />

breathable GORE-TEX® lining making it ideal<br />

for 3-season use. The Pomoca compound<br />

outsole with deep lugs and grooves has the<br />

versatility to perform well on mud and grass, to<br />

rock, ice and snow.<br />

Fit: WIDE / Weight: (M) 565 g (W) 465 g<br />

(pictured)<br />



Our MTN Trainer Mid GTX is a lightweight<br />

alpine trekking boot with a suede leather upper<br />

and a breathable GORE-TEX® Performance<br />

Comfort lining. At the ankle, the Flex Collar<br />

allows natural movement and the 3F System<br />

provides flexibility, support and a blister-free<br />

fit. Underfoot we feature a dual-density Bilight<br />

TPU midsole and a Vibram® WTC outsole.<br />

Fit: WIDE / Weight: (M) 700 g (W) 570 g<br />

(pictured)<br />



Unmatched<br />

quality & design<br />

100% pure, natural wool<br />

indoor and outdoor slippers<br />

Ultimate comfort since 1993<br />

glerups.co.nz<br />

Find us online and at a stockist near you

packs<br />

CamelBak Women's Hydrobak Light 50oz $109.99<br />

The sleek and ultra-light Women's<br />

Hydrobak Light is perfect for any<br />

adventure. Low-profile and designed<br />

in a women's fit, this pack features an<br />

Air Support Light Back Panel and a<br />

ventilated harness for effective cooling<br />

and ultimate breathability.<br />



CamelBak Rogue Light Women’s $149.99<br />

Lightweight and ready for everything,<br />

the all new Rogue Light is soon to<br />

be your everyday trail companion. The<br />

sleek, lightweight design features an<br />

Air Support Light Back Panel and a<br />

ventilated harness for effective cooling<br />

and ultimate breathability.<br />



CamelBak Women’s Chase Bike Vest $179.99<br />

Tailored for a women's fit and enhanced<br />

cooling, the Women’s Chase Bike Vest was<br />

made for our fearless female riders. With quick<br />

access to what you need most, Chase has<br />

been redesigned with lightweight, breathable<br />

materials and a comfortable all-day-fit.<br />


CamelBak Women's Trail Run Vest with Two 17oz Quick<br />

Stow Flasks $199.99<br />

Explore every corner, every peak, and<br />

every valley. Built to help you explore your<br />

surroundings—on and off the trail—the<br />

Women's Trail Run Vest knows that reaching<br />

your destination is more enjoyable when<br />

you're prepared.<br />


CamelBak Women's Zephyr Pro Vest with Two 17oz<br />

Quick Stow Flasks $279.99<br />

Taking running to new heights is what we live<br />

for, so we built the Women's Zephyr Pro<br />

Vest. This vest is designed to fit a woman's<br />

body and made to keep you fueled and<br />

hydrated on those long distance runs.<br />


CamelBak Women's Rim Runner X20 Hydration Pack<br />

$199.99<br />

Capacity and comfort combine in the new<br />

Women's Rim Runner X20 hydration<br />

backpack. A woman-specific design that<br />

supplies ample room for a day’s worth of gear<br />

- sans any features that cause more fuss than<br />

functionality.<br />


CamelBak Women’s M.U.L.E 100 oz Hydration Pack<br />

$219.99<br />

Redesigned to go the distance with you. Our<br />

M.U.L.E.® Hydration Backpacks are already<br />

MTB’s best friend, but we've updated the<br />

classic go-to pack so you're never left trailing<br />

behind. Expect the same trusty M.U.L.E.®<br />

with key features designed specifically for a<br />

woman’s fit.<br />


CamelBak Women's Fourteener 30 Hydration Hiking<br />

Pack with Crux® 3L Reservoir $349.99<br />

The ultimate pack for long-haul adventures,<br />

the Women's Fourteener 30 was built with<br />

all you need to get out and explore. The<br />

innovative Air Support Max back panel is<br />

designed to sit away from your body, helping to<br />

redistribute weight, increase airflow, and make<br />

you more comfortable on your adventure.<br />



cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack - Del Día $419.99<br />

Cotopaxi’s Allpa 35L Del Día Travel Packs<br />

are made with repurposed material scraps,<br />

making each pack have a completely unique<br />

colour combination!<br />


osprey Sportlite 25 EF $199.99<br />

Confidently step out on the trail<br />

with the Sportlite 25 EF, one of<br />

our most minimalist technical day<br />

packs. Carry all of your essentials<br />

with the convenience of panelloading<br />

design and simple, clean<br />

internal organization. While this<br />

pack may look minimal, it's not so<br />

stripped down that it'll sacrifice<br />

comfort. An AirScape backpanel<br />

and suspension system moves with<br />

you dynamically with a broadened<br />

fit range that stays stable and<br />

ventilated.<br />


OSPREY/<br />

osprey Kresta 30 $349.99<br />

Balance freedom of movement with carrying<br />

capacity, the women's-specific Kresta 30 is ideal for<br />

all-mountain and freeride adventures, In bounds or<br />

out. Featuring an easy-to-access avy pocket, main<br />

compartment wet/dry gear storage, an insulated<br />

hydration sleeve, snowshed backpanel, glovefriendly<br />

buckles and zipper pulls, and both ski and<br />

snowboard carry options. Sustainably made from<br />

bluesign® approved recycled materials with a PFCfree<br />

DWR coating that sheds moisture<br />


osprey Sopris 40 $399.99<br />

The women-specific Sopris is a technical<br />

backcountry snow pack offering a best-inclass<br />

fit and function in a durable, lightweight<br />

package. High-end fabrics and materials<br />

make this pack every ounce lighter on<br />

grueling ascents while on demanding<br />

descents, a proper and stable fit enables<br />

dynamic body movement that saves energy<br />

for when you need it most.<br />


osprey Ariel 65 EF $499.99<br />

Ideal for a week+ on the trail or a gear-intensive weekend<br />

with 65 liters of storage, the Ariel 65 Extended Fit offers<br />

refined design elements and suspension for optimal<br />

performance in a broader fit range. Its platform excels as<br />

a customizable, perfect-fitting pack that has the ability<br />

to carry larger and heavier loads thanks to its adjustable<br />

torso, and Custom Fit-on-the-Fly Shoulder Straps and<br />

Hipbelt.<br />

Included raincover made with bluesign® approved fabrics<br />

and DWR treatments made without PFAS.<br />

• Extended Hipbelt Fits Up To 70-inch hips:<br />

Substantially longer padding provides comfort,<br />

support and stability.<br />

• Repositioned Pockets: Hipbelt pockets have been<br />

shifted forward for practical, easy-to-reach access.<br />

• Extended Shoulder Straps: Longer shoulder straps<br />

distribute the load evenly and comfortably.<br />

• Longer Sternum Strap: A longer sternum strap<br />

enhances stability without being restrictive.<br />

• Conventional Torso Range: Extended Fit uses our<br />

standard torso range to fit a wide variety of heights.<br />



hydro flask coffee collection $69.99- $64.99<br />

Hydro Flask’s Insulated Coffee Flasks<br />

are leak-proof and will keep your<br />

favourite hot bev steamy for up to 6<br />

hours! Available in a 12oz (354mL) &<br />

16oz (473mL) size.<br />


Exped Black Ice 45 Pack $339.99<br />

Minimalist, lightweight roll-top pack<br />

that is ideal for the mountains,<br />

whether on rock, snow or ice.Features<br />

high-quality ripstop nylon construction,<br />

a white inner for more easily seeing<br />

your gear inside, a slim, removable<br />

padded back for a close-to-body fit<br />

and stability, a removable hipbelt and<br />

a weatherproof front pocket for smaller<br />

items. 820g (660g stripped)<br />


Kiwi Camping Boost LED Light with<br />

Power Bank $89.99<br />

Bright LED light with power<br />

bank to illuminate your tent<br />

and charge devices on the<br />

go. Features 11 light modes<br />

including SOS signal, built-in<br />

magnets and hanging hook.<br />


Gasmate Turbo Butane Stove &<br />

Pot Set $149.00<br />

Gasmate Turbo Stove boils<br />

water in just 130 seconds*.<br />

It's lightweight (600g) with<br />

800ml capacity, piezo<br />

ignition, making outdoor<br />

cooking easy.<br />


kiwi camping Mamaku Pro -5 °C<br />

Sleeping Bag t $129.00<br />

Experience ultimate<br />

warmth in cold temps with<br />

the Mamaku Pro -5°C.<br />

Lightweight, compact<br />

design with silvertherm<br />

lining for enhanced heat<br />

retention. Perfect for outdoor<br />

adventures.<br />


Exped Women’s Comfort -10 Down<br />

Sleeping Bag (Medium) $599.99<br />

Extra roomy while still maintaining<br />

the thermal efficiency of a mummy<br />

bag and has a separate foot zip<br />

so you can open it out and use it<br />

like a blanket. Features include<br />

a side arm zip opposite the main<br />

zip lets you use both arms without<br />

leaving the warmth of the bag<br />

and a custom-filled 3D footbox to<br />

keep your feet warm. 675g RDScertified<br />

700-loft European duckdown<br />

fill for warmth and comfort.<br />

1190g (Medium)<br />


Kiwi Camping Weka 2 Hiker Tent $339.00<br />

Kiwi Camping's most popular hiker<br />

tent with double-sided entry, sturdy<br />

vestibules, and a user-friendly design.<br />

With a fly that handles rain and<br />

snow, the Weka 2 is perfect for hiking<br />

adventures.<br />


Kiwi camping Pukeko Hiker Tent $249.00<br />

A spacious hiker tent that’s easy to pitch<br />

and keeps you warm and dry even in the<br />

worst conditions. Featuring dual pitch<br />

design, 4000mm aqua rating and tri pegs.<br />



hydro flask trail series collection $79.99- $109.99<br />

25% Lighter Hydration. Hydro Flask’s Trail<br />

Series collection keeps your drinks cold<br />

for up to 24 hours while keeping your pack<br />

as light as possible.<br />



The first thing you’ll notice is that the front<br />

label on their pouches have changed for the<br />

better by adding Health Star Ratings and<br />

energy, protein, fat and carbs per pouch. They<br />

have also improved the readability of our back<br />

labels.Back Country Cuisine is available at<br />

leading retailers. For more information or to<br />

find your nearest stockist visit:<br />

www.backcountrycuisine.co.nz<br />

KEA STASH $60.00 (GO) - $80.00 (XL)<br />

KEA STASH is the Leak free,<br />

smell free, trash compacting bag.<br />

Available in 2 sizes “GO” & “XL”<br />

so you can say goodbye to messy,<br />

bulky trash wherever you are.<br />


tasty chicken mash $10.99 - $16.99<br />

With smoky flavoured freeze dried<br />

chicken, cheese and vegetables.<br />

3.5 Health Stars - Gluten Free<br />

Available small serve (90g) or<br />

regular (175g)<br />


KEA lumen $100.00<br />

KEA LUMEN is the powerful,<br />

durable & versatile flashlight<br />

to ensure that you’re never<br />

left in the dark.<br />


local dehy hummus $8.00<br />

Sundried Tomato and Red<br />

Pepper, also available in<br />

Beetroot and Zesty Lemon.<br />

Perfect for lunches on the trail.<br />

Freeze dried. Vegan. Home<br />

compostable packaging.<br />



A punchy peppery vegan<br />

twist on a Southern American<br />

classic! Refuel after a day's<br />

adventuring. Vegan, totally<br />

delicious, in home compostable<br />

packaging.<br />


Apple & Berry Crumble $14.99<br />

A sweet mix of freeze dried apples and<br />

berries topped with a delicious gluten<br />

free cookie crumb.<br />

3 Health Stars - Gluten Free<br />



Inspired by the innovative,<br />

everchanging drinks scene,<br />

we instinctively knew how a<br />

drop of Jägermeister and a<br />

backbeat of cold brew coffee<br />

could transform any night. The<br />

enviable result? A brand-new<br />


BREW COFFEE. A unique<br />

fusion of JÄGERMEISTER’s 56<br />

botanicals and intense cold brew<br />

coffee.<br />


Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch<br />

Born from <strong>Adventure</strong>: Shackleton<br />

Blended Malt Scotch is based on<br />

the spirit supplied to the 1907 British<br />

Antarctic Expedition, expertly crafted<br />

using a selection of the finest Highland<br />

Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Available<br />

at various Liquor Retailers .<br />


INSTANT PASTA $5.99<br />

Just add boiling water for perfectly<br />

cooked pasta.<br />

3.5 Health Stars<br />

Sizes – Family 120g<br />



ackcountrycuisine.co.nz<br />




C O L L E C T I O N<br />



Like a ‘perfect storm’, we have seen a dramatic growth and<br />

development in online stores over the past 5 years.<br />

We are dedicating these pages to our client’s online stores; some<br />

you will be able to buy from, some you will be able drool over. Buy,<br />

compare, research and prepare, these online stores are a great way to<br />

feed your adventure addiction.<br />

Never have a dead phone<br />

again! Because now you can<br />

charge straight from the Sun<br />

with SunSaver. Perfect for<br />

that week-long hike, day at<br />

the beach, or back-up for any<br />

emergency. Check us out at:<br />

www.sunsaver.co.nz<br />

Building versatile and reliable gear so you<br />

can adventure with purpose.<br />

www.keaoutdoors.com<br />

Temerature. Taste. Transport.<br />

Hydroflask, more than just a water bottle.<br />

www.hydroflask.co.nz<br />

The place to go for all the gear you need whether you're skiing,<br />

snowboarding, hiking, biking or just exploring.<br />

www.thealpinecentre.co.nz<br />

Gear up in a wide selection of durable, multifunctional<br />

outdoor clothing & gear. Free Returns. Free Shipping.<br />

www.patagonia.co.nz<br />

Stocking an extensive range<br />

of global outdoor adventure<br />

brands for your next big<br />

adventure. See them for travel,<br />

tramping, trekking, alpine and<br />

lifestyle clothing and gear.<br />

www.outfittersstore.nz<br />

Specialists in the sale of Outdoor Camping Equipment, RV,<br />

Tramping & Travel Gear. Camping Tents, <strong>Adventure</strong> Tents,<br />

Packs, Sleeping Bags and more.<br />

www.equipoutdoors.co.nz<br />

Marine and industrial supply story<br />

www.lusty-blundell.co.nz<br />

Our very own online store where<br />

you will find hard goods to keep you<br />

equipped for any adventure.<br />


Waterfront accommodation on Nydia Track, Marlborough, NZ<br />

www.onthetracklodge.nz<br />

Meals bursting with flavour, combined with home compostable<br />

packaging, means you really can have it all in the mountains.<br />

Designed by ‘foodies’ for maximum plant-based deliciousness<br />

and wrapped in earth positive, lightweight, packable pouches.<br />

www.localdehy.co.nz<br />

Bivouac Outdoor stock the latest in quality outdoor<br />

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Fijian Warriors representing the Spartan Fiji Race at the recent<br />

event that took place in the Gold Coast, Australia




Words © Gabi Steindl 2023,<br />

Images by Gabi, Andre Rerekura and Bluemedia<br />

“Holy s***, what’s that?”, I shrieked pointing at the big shadow gliding just below<br />

the water's surface towards our 14ft tinny. “That’s a tiger!”, Vee, the skipper and<br />

a renowned underwater photographer, exclaimed in delight “jump in Gabi, jump<br />

in!” I dived head first into the crystal clear water, with the most magical shades<br />

of turquoise. After checking out the second largest predatory shark right behind<br />

the great white through my dive mask close up, I realised I had underestimated<br />

its size from the boat. Two dark eyes stared at me from a wedge-shaped head<br />

with a conspicuously blunt snout. Nearly as long as my Landcruiser and at least<br />

as round as a horse, several remora fish were hanging off the tiger shark's grey<br />

body that had distinctive vertical mottled stripes running down its sides. “I’m not<br />

sure this is a good idea” briefly crossed my mind, but my fascination with Mother<br />

Nature’s marvels was stronger than any lingering doubts. So I spent a good five<br />

unforgettable minutes snorkelling side-by-side with this apex predator in the<br />

shallows of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef.<br />

With a massive area of 2.6 million km2 (ten times larger than the UK) and home<br />

to some of Australia's most iconic landscapes, Western Australia (aka “WA”), is<br />

the perfect place for an iconic road trip. Remote and vast get completely new<br />

meanings here in Australia’s largest state. Some 1,200km north of the WA’s capital<br />

Perth (the most isolated city in the world), the fringing Ningaloo Reef is a sparkling<br />

gem in Western Australia’s crown. With a length of 260km and home to around 300<br />

species of coral and 500 species of fish, it is one the largest fringing coral reefs in<br />

the world. Interestingly it is also only one of two coral reefs in the world that have<br />

formed on the western edge of any continent.<br />

My Landcruiser was bursting at the seams when I hit the road in Margaret River,<br />

where I live, a good 1600km south of my destination: three surfboards, four<br />

kiteboards, six kites, a foil, a couple of kite bars, a tent, a gas cooker, lots of shade<br />

cloth, a gazebo, a Dometic car fridge, cameras, computer, supplies and more<br />

camping gear.<br />


Where desert meets the sea - Image by Andre Rerekura<br />

w e s t e r n a u s t r a l i a

Driving this far on your own on the West Coast is already a rather<br />

unique experience in itself. There are several stretches of many<br />

hundred kilometres without any phone coverage, no fuel station or<br />

town. If you have any car problems, it might be a while before you<br />

even encounter someone who might be able to help. Being stuck<br />

literally in the middle of nowhere without the ability to call for help,<br />

can be eerie and rather unsettling. I’ve been in this situation before<br />

and don’t really want to live through it again. But this risk is part of<br />

any road trip in Western Australia and the rewards usually make it<br />

all worthwhile.<br />

Once you pass the 26th parallel, i.e. 26 degrees south of the<br />

Equator, you’re entering the wild North West. One of the last true<br />

wilderness areas on Earth, where only a tiny fraction of the already<br />

sparse WA population lives.<br />

My destination was the small coastal town of Exmouth, the<br />

gateway to the World-Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park. The<br />

waters off the coast here are one of the only places in the world<br />

where the mysterious whale shark, the largest fish in the ocean,<br />

reliably congregate each year. Drawn by the annual spawning<br />

of more than 200 species of coral, these gentle giants of the sea<br />

grow to 16 metres long and weigh around 30 tonnes, but they<br />

remain effortlessly elegant as they cruise along the reef, feasting<br />

on fattened krill.<br />

The many views<br />

of Australia's<br />

North West<br />

Coast<br />

Situated on the west side of Exmouth is the Cape Range National<br />

Park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges and<br />

breathtaking deep canyons. Here the arid coastal plain of Cape<br />

Range adjoins the pristine waters of Ningaloo Marine Park with<br />

striking contrasting scenery, this is raw nature at its best. And that’s<br />

precisely where I set up my first camp. Still “only” 35 kilometres<br />

from town and with shower facilities and drinking water from the<br />

taps provided in the campground, it was a good compromise for<br />

my first week to get my head around the area before moving my<br />

base deeper into the National Park.<br />

Image by Bluemedia<br />


Image by Bluemedia<br />

The word ‘Ningaloo’ comes from the Aboriginal name<br />

Nyinggulu (pronounced Neen-ga-loo) which means a<br />

‘promontory’ or a headland of elevated land. It refers in<br />

modern-day terms to the Cape Range National Park and<br />

the surrounding areas which are very culturally significant<br />

to the local Aboriginal people. The Yinikutira people, also<br />

recorded as the Jinigudira, are the traditional Aboriginal<br />

owners of the country along the Nyinggulu (Ningaloo)<br />

Coast and have lived here for over 30,000 years.<br />

Driving out the gate of the campground the first morning,<br />

I spotted two emus, nearly as tall as my car, majestically<br />

strolling through the scrub next to the road. The second<br />

largest living bird on earth and the largest bird found in<br />

Australia is a strange creature. Born to run rather than fly<br />

with tiny useless wings, and long and powerful legs, they<br />

can sprint at 30 miles (48 kilometres) per hour for quite a<br />

distance.<br />

Image by Bluemedia<br />


Wreck on the Ningalooroo Reef - Image by Bluemedia<br />

After hanging out with the emus for a good half hour, I drove to<br />

the coast, where Mother Nature immediately had another gift<br />

for me. Walking along an incredible beach of the finest white<br />

sand, I stumbled onto some rather strange-looking impressions<br />

in the sand which resembled the tracks of a monster truck tyre.<br />

There were many of them, some ended in large holes dug in<br />

the sand, and others made huge loops or led into the water. It<br />

wasn’t long before I spotted two mating turtles drifting on top of<br />

each other just a metre from shore. Further up the beach, a few<br />

more dark blobs caught my eyes — more turtles. The Ningaloo<br />

Coast is one of the most important turtle-nesting rookeries<br />

in the Indian Ocean for three of the world’s seven species of<br />

marine turtles: the endangered Loggerhead turtle, as well as the<br />

Green turtle and the Hawksbill turtle, both listed as vulnerable.<br />

From November to March, many thousand turtles return to<br />

their nesting sanctuary here each year. Sadly, due to natural<br />

predators and human-related factors, only one hatchling out of<br />

every 1000 eggs will survive to adulthood.<br />

I love seeing native wildlife in their natural habitat and over<br />

the weeks along this coast I truly got spoilt. Another encounter<br />

that I’ll never forget happened super early one morning, driving<br />

through the National Park. Suddenly a dingo appeared out of<br />

the spinifex next to the road. Living in WA for over 15 years,<br />

this was my very first dingo sighting. I stopped right next to<br />

the ginger-coloured wild dog and said “G’day”. Two intense<br />

almond-shaped eyes in a mixture of brown and yellow stared at<br />

me questioningly from a broad handsome head with a pointed<br />

muzzle. With a big yawn, he showed off his large teeth. The<br />

dingo as an apex predator contributes to the control of many<br />

feral species that threaten Australia’s wildlife. While dingoes<br />

have the potential to be dangerous to humans, in reality, the<br />

incidence of attacks is relatively rare. The risk of dangerous<br />

behaviour is greatly increased in dingoes that have become<br />

familiar and habituated to humans through feeding or other<br />

encouragement. That’s why you should never feed a dingo.<br />

When I drove off, my dingo friend calmly trotted right beside my<br />

car for a few 100 metres before vanishing in the bush again.<br />

A picture-perfect bay with spectacular turquoise butter flat<br />

crystal clear water became my daily foiling playground. The<br />

wind in the mid-afternoons can get pretty strong (6m2/7m2)<br />

along this coast, however, saying that I also enjoyed a number<br />

of magical light wind sessions on my 9m2 and 10m2 Neo<br />

SLS cruising in perfect see-through water with the most mindboggling<br />

reef and coral formations below. It was better than<br />

any glass-bottomed boat. With regard to waves, things get<br />

tricky in this area. The most popular stretch of surf breaks is<br />


completely protected from the Seabreeze, and other breaks are<br />

so far out to sea on the barrier reef you need a boat to get there.<br />

If you somehow do manage to score, it’s an unspoken rule in the<br />

Northwest to celebrate it quietly amongst your mates instead of<br />

shouting it from the rooftops and plastering it all over the socials. I<br />

would highly recommend not ignoring this advice.<br />

Eventually, I moved my camp deeper into the National Park which<br />

meant no more facilities and having to bring everything: sufficient<br />

water for drinking and washing, fuel, all my supplies etc. I even<br />

had to rent a portable camping toilet from the camp store in<br />

Exmouth as bringing one is a requirement for all visitors by Parks<br />

& Wildlife WA (the government body in charge of all National<br />

Parks). Renting a portable toilet — interesting! I’ve been to over<br />

80 countries, but that was a first for me.<br />

Camping literally on the water’s edge on an amazingly long,<br />

stunning windswept beach, was my highlight camp set-up of the<br />

trip. There’s nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of<br />

the ocean. At night the lack of light pollution in this remote area<br />

creates an experience, I would call a “bucket lister” that most<br />

people don’t even know exists: getting blanketed by the Milky<br />

Way in the middle of the desert. Watching the night sky lighting<br />

up as our galaxy slowly materialises after sunset is a soul-filling<br />

experience. The sheer beauty of a million stars twinkling in all<br />

their glory kept me awake and wide-eyed even after the longest<br />

day on the water regardless of my sunburnt little red eyes. Who<br />

needs a 5-star room, when you can sleep in a 5-billion-star tent?<br />

One kite session that cemented itself in my personal history books<br />

of epic sessions, was kiting at the SS Mildura shipwreck on the tip<br />

of North West Cape. The SS Mildura sank in June 1907 when it<br />

hit a shallow reef during a cyclone. Luckily, no human life was lost.<br />

The wreck sits in 4 metres of water prone to strong surges and<br />

currents. With two big boilers and the engine mount in the centre of<br />

the still upright and relatively intact hull, it is an intriguing site, even<br />

more so from up close, on my 12m2 Neo SLS.<br />

For my last sunset, Mother Nature gifted me with a live “David<br />

Attenborough moment”. It was a windless day with bright blue<br />

skies and I had parked my car on a snow-white, sheer endless<br />

beach. Like so often along this coastline out of peak tourist<br />

season, there was not a single soul in sight. The Indian Ocean<br />

sparkled as if millions of stars had sunk into it. I let my gaze slide<br />

through the expanse of pristine and untouched nature when I<br />

suddenly spotted a tiny black dot way up the beach that I hadn’t<br />

noticed just minutes earlier. I grabbed my camera and some<br />

water and set off on foot. After a good long walk on the snow-<br />


white sand, my presumption was confirmed and my heart<br />

started pounding. Getting down on my hands and knees<br />

super conscious of not getting too close, I watched a<br />

pregnant turtle mama haul herself up the wide, fine beach.<br />

Evidently, an arduous journey for her, it took her a fair while<br />

until she was finally high enough up the beach at the base<br />

of the dune where she started to dig her nest. I almost<br />

didn’t dare to breathe. Through my 400mm lens, I could<br />

focus on every little detail of this beautiful Green turtle:<br />

the mottled olive green, brown and black pattern on her<br />

smooth, high-domed shell was like a painting, her thick,<br />

crusty, scaly skin, the webbed feet, her cute head and her<br />

horny beak. She worked hard and massive sprays of sand<br />

shot into the air around her.<br />

Observing this fascinating creature that shares a common<br />

ancestry with dinosaurs, push out her eggs, each one<br />

obviously requiring a great effort, was a mesmerising<br />

spectacle. After laying all her eggs, the turtle mama flung<br />

sand behind her in a methodical manner for at least half<br />

an hour to cover her nest, before dragging herself back<br />

down towards the ocean again. Witnessing the motherly<br />

commitment and incredible effort of this beautiful creature<br />

to dig, lay and protect her eggs was a mind-boggling<br />

experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. The<br />

mama turtle made it to the waterline just at sunset. Watching<br />

her glide off into the golden water, I bowed my head in deep<br />

and humble gratitude to the universe — what a trip!<br />



Ningalooroo Reef - Image by Bluemedia

v a n u a t u<br />

Image from Facebook / Vanuatu Surfing Association<br />


Vanuatu's not typically associated with surfing but there's<br />

a growing reputation among the global community that<br />

surfing in Vanuatu is on par, if not better, than some of<br />

the best spots in the South Pacific (such as Fiji, Tonga<br />

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but offers excellent and accessible surf spots which aren’t<br />

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Surfers willing to travel to the outer islands will be rewarded<br />

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round and the perfectly shaped group of islands, there is<br />

plenty of potential for surfing in Vanuatu.<br />

Surfing Conditions in Vanuatu<br />

Vanuatu offers perfect surfing conditions all year round,<br />

but the best time to surf here would be between March and<br />

December when the Antarctic lows send over consistent<br />

southern swells.<br />

Moderate rainfall during the hot and wet season between<br />

December and April bring in huge swells, but cyclones are<br />

also likely to occur during this time. The Northern coastline<br />

receives swells during this time due to the low-pressure<br />

system brewing there.<br />

With 40 to 50-metre ride lengths and waves ranging from 5<br />

to 6 feet, Vanuatu offers some incredible surfing locations.<br />

Best Spots for Surfing.<br />

Vanuatu offers some of the best and untouched surf spots<br />

in the world. With surf spots scattered around Vanuatu<br />

that provides the perfect opportunity for newbies and<br />

experienced surfers alike. Black Sand Beach, British<br />

Beach, Epao, Forari Bay, Mangea Reefs, Pango Point,<br />

Soumabal Point, Port Resolution, Dany island are just<br />

some of the beaches which offer a great surfing experience<br />

for everyone.<br />

For someone looking for more of a challenge, spots like<br />

Breakas, Devils Point, Erakor Reef, Pounders and Tapi<br />

Point are just perfect. The adventurous surfers might want<br />

to travel to islands such as Tanna to enjoy some of the<br />

genuinely untouched surfing locations.<br />

The best way to enjoy surfing in Vanuatu is to explore it<br />

island-by-island, exploring the full gamut of surf breaks<br />

available. Efate (where Port Vila is located) holds most of<br />

the best surfing spots here and plenty of accommodation<br />

options are available here. Some of the more remote<br />

locations can be accessed by boats. Dany Island in Santo<br />

is known as an amazing surf spot for keen surfers. The<br />

wind is often blowing the opposite direction to the swell - so<br />

waves are nice and perfectly clean. The waves pump in<br />

from the Northeast and break on the north of Dany Island,<br />

also the south. So both rights and lefts, generally around<br />

2-5ft. Dany Island is nicely protected and is a private venue<br />

so it's perfect for a day tour visit and for a surf away from<br />

large crowds.<br />

Vanuatu Surfing Association can offer further assistance<br />

to surfers who are new to the place. Comprising of locals<br />

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Picture yourself sailing through crystal-clear turquoise waters,<br />

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Tahiti offers a wealth of natural wonders and vibrant cultures,<br />

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The Islands of Tahiti are renowned for their unrivaled natural<br />

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you set sail, you'll be greeted by majestic volcanic peaks, lush<br />

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bays accessible only by boat, where you can relax in solitude,<br />

surrounded by nature's wonders. The beauty of Tahiti will leave<br />

you breathless at every turn.<br />

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One of the greatest joys of a yacht charter is the opportunity<br />

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its own unique charm, from the bustling markets and vibrant<br />

nightlife of Tahiti's capital, Papeete, to the untouched natural<br />

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can hop from island to island, experiencing the distinct flavours<br />

and cultures of each destination.<br />


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Raiatea © Audrey Svoboda<br />

Luxury and Comfort at Sea:<br />

A yacht charter promises an exceptional level of luxury and<br />

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sunsets, and dine under the stars, all while being pampered by an<br />

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offers opportunities for immersive cultural encounters. Interact<br />

with friendly locals as you visit remote villages and witness<br />

traditional dance performances, showcasing the vibrant heritage<br />

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in traditional outrigger canoe races. The warm hospitality of the<br />

Tahitian people will leave a lasting impression, allowing you to<br />

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Preserving the Natural Paradise:<br />

By choosing a yacht charter, you contribute to the preservation of<br />

the Islands of Tahiti's delicate ecosystem. Eco-friendly practices,<br />

such as using sustainable energy sources and respecting marine<br />

conservation<br />

Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Yacht Charter:<br />

1. Island Hopping Extravaganza: With a yacht charter, you can<br />

explore multiple islands during a single holiday. Experience the<br />

diverse landscapes, cultures, and activities of Tahiti, Bora Bora,<br />

Moorea, Huahine, and more, all in one unforgettable journey.<br />

2. Affordable Luxury: Contrary to popular belief, a yacht charter<br />

can be surprisingly affordable, especially when traveling with a<br />

group of friends or family. By sharing the cost, you can indulge in<br />

a lavish holiday without breaking the bank.<br />

3. Availability Advantage: The Islands of Tahiti are a soughtafter<br />

destination, and hotels often have limited availability. With<br />

a yacht charter, you bypass this issue entirely, ensuring that your<br />

accommodation is always with you, offering complete flexibility<br />

and peace of mind.<br />

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environment for you and your loved ones.<br />

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journey.<br />

6. Unmatched Freedom: Say goodbye to fixed schedules and<br />

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you embark on a truly liberating adventure.<br />

7. Uninterrupted Tranquility: Unlike traditional holidays, where<br />

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the hustle and bustle of popular tourist areas.<br />

8. Seamless Luxury Onboard: Indulge in the epitome of luxury<br />

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9. Unbeatable Scenic Views: Revel in the awe-inspiring beauty<br />

of the Islands of Tahiti from the deck of your chartered yacht.<br />

Enjoy panoramic views of majestic mountains, vibrant coral reefs,<br />

and turquoise lagoons that stretch as far as the eye can see.<br />

10. Unforgettable Memories: A yacht charter in the Islands<br />

of Tahiti guarantees memories that will last a lifetime. From<br />

swimming with manta rays and exploring hidden waterfalls to<br />

savouring Polynesian delicacies and witnessing breathtaking<br />

sunsets, every moment is a treasured experience that will stay<br />

with you forever.<br />


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New Caledonia is a haven for solo travellers seeking<br />

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landscapes, culinary delights, captivating attractions,<br />

and warm-hearted locals. We guarantee you’ll never get<br />

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biggest drawcards is its adventure experiences. For<br />

female travellers looking for a solo adventure, New<br />

Caledonia is the perfect destination with extensive hiking<br />

trails through rainforests, mountainous cycling routes and<br />

underwater experiences that will allow you to explore the<br />

immense beauty of this Pacific Gem.<br />

New Caledonia is one of New Zealand's closest<br />

neighbours, accessible with a short flight in just under<br />

3 hours from Auckland. Hidden in the middle of the<br />

Pacific to the east of Australia, New Caledonia is a vast,<br />

unique and diverse French overseas territory offering an<br />

exceptional variety of landscapes, cultures and activities.<br />

New Caledonia invites solo travellers to embrace its<br />

warmth, beauty, and endless adventures - perfect for you<br />

to embark on a voyage of self-discovery. Here are the top<br />

reasons why your next solo adventure should be in New<br />

Caledonia!<br />

Lifou caves- © Dean Cropp<br />

Ile des Pins-© mi1_moonstagram<br />

Learning from the locals © Oneye Production<br />


Clockwise from top left: Exploring New Caledonia via horseback, La Foa Randonnee-© Masaaki Hojo<br />

Hiking in the Great South-© NCT<br />

Sailing in New Caledonia -© Toko NCT<br />

Mountainbiking in Blue River Park-Yaté-© Oneye Production<br />

Affordability:<br />

One of the reasons why New<br />

Caledonia is a solo traveller's<br />

ideal escape is because<br />

the destination is just so<br />

affordable. Consider staying<br />

in a guesthouse that is much<br />

cheaper than a traditional<br />

hotel. Guest houses offer a<br />

social atmosphere where you<br />

can meet other travellers and<br />

you can learn more about the<br />

culture and customs of New<br />

Caledonia's residents from<br />

your friendly host. If you want<br />

to save a little on your dining<br />

budget and practice your<br />

French, the local markets in<br />

Port Moselle have fresh, local<br />

produce such as pineapples,<br />

spices and yams at low prices.<br />

Make friends with the local<br />

vendors and test your culinary<br />

skills as you try to emulate<br />

traditional Kanak dishes.<br />

Accessibility:<br />

New Caledonia's main<br />

attractions such as its world<br />

heritage-listed lagoon and<br />

natural parks are just a short<br />

walk or bike ride away, with<br />

public transport options readily<br />

available throughout the<br />

islands. One of the simplest<br />

ways to get around New<br />

Caledonia is by car, with a<br />

well-maintained road system<br />

making for a great self-drive<br />

adventure around the main<br />

island. But there are countless<br />

other services available for<br />

solo travellers to choose from<br />

including buses and coaches<br />

to flights, water taxis and<br />

airport shuttles that’ll take you<br />

to the Loyalty Islands. The<br />

RAI coach network is an easy<br />

and affordable way to see<br />

the sights, but the fastest and<br />

most stunning way is definitely<br />

by air, gliding over the azure<br />

waters of the lagoon.<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong> Galore:<br />

At the heart of New<br />

Caledonia's allure for solo<br />

travellers is its exhilarating<br />

adventure experiences. Go<br />

below the surface in New<br />

Caledonia to discover the<br />

beauty of New Caledonia’s<br />

extensive reef system.<br />

Home to the second-largest<br />

coral reef in the world and<br />

a UNESCO Heritage-listed<br />

lagoon New Caledonia is<br />

a sanctuary for whales,<br />

dugongs and turtles. To meet<br />

these creatures face-to-face,<br />

take a guided diving and<br />

snorkelling tour, that allows<br />

you to join a group and<br />

make new friends. In-land<br />

solo hiking and biking crosscountry<br />

adventures may seem<br />

daunting to consider doing<br />

solo, but New Caledonia’s<br />

trails are well-marked and<br />

worth the challenge. The Sud<br />

route through the Blue River<br />

Provincial Park is a stunning<br />

track to explore with the redearth<br />

desert, rich blue lakes<br />

and rivers, and iconic drowned<br />

forests. Many tour operators<br />

also offer hiking support<br />

services that are great for<br />

solo travellers assisting with<br />

transfers to give you one less<br />

thing to worry about on your<br />

adventure!<br />

Culinary Delights:<br />

Perfect for a solo traveller,<br />

New Caledonia has an<br />

abundance of restaurants<br />

boasting unique fusion cuisine.<br />

If you’re after a fine dining<br />

experience, reserve a table at<br />

Le Roof offering unbeatable<br />

views of the lagoon and some<br />

spectacular seafood too. With<br />

a refined menu of French<br />

and Caledonian specialities,<br />

Nouméa’s unique over water<br />

bungalow restaurant presents<br />

an unforgettable dining<br />

experience. For something<br />

more lowkey, but just as tasty,<br />

Les 3 Brasseurs brew their<br />

own beers and regularly hold<br />

trivia, karaoke and live music<br />

entertainment!<br />

Rich Cultural Tapestry:<br />

Beyond its natural wonders,<br />

New Caledonia boasts a<br />

captivating tapestry of cultures<br />

that beg to be explored. The<br />

island's intriguing blend of<br />

French colonial heritage and<br />

indigenous Kanak traditions<br />

beckons solo travellers to<br />

delve into vibrant customs,<br />

arts, and traditions. On<br />

quieter days, solo travellers<br />

should check out The Tjibaou<br />

Cultural Center. Housed within<br />

beautifully designed buildings<br />

and landscaped grounds, the<br />

centre is the perfect place<br />

to discover the local Kanak<br />

culture and Melanesian<br />

customs that will enrich your<br />

solo travel experience.<br />

New Zealand passport holders<br />

do not require a short-stay<br />

visa to visit for up to 3 months,<br />

making New Caledonia the<br />

perfect destination for a solo<br />

traveller wanting a short<br />

overseas adventure.<br />



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