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...
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...
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...