SWCP Day 7. Hartland Point to Bude

Today's distance walked - approx 27kms (16.7 miles).
Ascent - approx 1500m (4921ft)

It was a windy, cold and little bit rainy night on my clifftop position, and although I woke a couple of times I had a surprisingly marvelous sleep! I woke at 5.30am and got up as quickly as I could to get the tent packed down while it was dry.

Between Hartland Point and Hartland Quay

I left at 6am without having breakfast or a hot drink. It was pretty cold so I wanted to get to Hartland Quay and out of...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 2. Ninety Mile Beach Km 21.6 – km 46.7

Te Araroa Trail Day 2 - 90 Mile Beach

Te Araroa Trail Day 2 Ninety Mile Beach

It was a pretty windy night on 90 mile beach, which didn't make for a good first sleep on Te Araroa trail! I was a bit spooked by weird noises, the tent flapping, the roar of the waves... this might take some getting used to!

I got up at 6.45am and enjoyed a sunny breakfast of tea and a single serve porridge, eaten from its little packet. The advantage of this is that there is no washing up involved - special thanks to my friend Bianca for...

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Testing My Camping Gear – First Overnight Hike

Camping in Rotorua

Testing my camping gear on an overnight hike

My second gear test for Te Araroa Trail took me further afield than my garden, for a hike and overnight stay in Rotorua. My goals were to:

  • Test my fitness over a distance of 35kms.
  • Walk for the first time with a 12kg pack.
  • Play with my Backcountry Navigator phone app.
  • Check whether my tent was waterproof.

Before the trip, I found the appropriate map section on Backcountry...

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