A year of through-hiking

Finally I'm starting to come to the end of going through all the photographs we took during a year of hiking and traveling in New Zealand and Australia. During the entire 4500km across New Zealand, Stewart Island and Australia we made self-portraits, inspired by other hikers who had done the same along the PCT. And … Continue reading A year of through-hiking

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One year of through hiking

Finally I'm starting to come to the end of going through all the photographs we took during a year of hiking and traveling in New Zealand and Australia. During the entire 4500km across New Zealand, Stewart Island and Australia we made self-portraits, inspired by other hikers who had done the same along the PCT. And … Continue reading One year of through hiking

The Lure of the Trail

Somewhere between 4 and 7 in the morning you'll get yourself out of that warm and comfortable sleeping bag, getting ready for another potential 12+ hours day of walking. As the countless kilometers still lying between you and your end goal pass by, you gaze at your surroundings while your thoughts are dominated by a tasty … Continue reading The Lure of the Trail

Helsport Storsylen X-Trem 2+

  For our hike across New Zealand we discussed our options with Helsport and settled for their Storsylen X-Trem 2+ 4-season dome tent. We wanted a sturdy, freestanding tent that could easily be set up in all environments we walked through. Even though this tent is not ideal for thru-hiking due to its weight we've … Continue reading Helsport Storsylen X-Trem 2+

The Bonus Round: Stewart Island

I felt empty after reaching Bluff, purposeless, and after two days of sitting still in Invercargill somewhat confused as well. Why are we not walking anymore? Regardless of the weather forecast we booked a flight to Stewart Island. We all wanted to go. Marylène and Patrick joined in the enthusiam. They would only come along … Continue reading The Bonus Round: Stewart Island

Bluff

We left the hotel together at 8 in the morning. It was drizzly and windy outside. While we walked from the city center to the start of the track a big rainbow appeared over the Invercargill estuary.The sun started peeping through as the clouds passed. What better weather to have for the finish than the … Continue reading Bluff

To the Southern Ocean

One last resupply. One last heavy pack loaded with 9 days of delicious food. We rather took it on the safe side for the final rough tracks with unpredictable weather and tired bodies. Up and down, up and down, up and down we went, until we stood on the beach. The TA challenge is not … Continue reading To the Southern Ocean

Routeburn, Mavora Lakes & Mararoa River tracks

A little detour with a great result. Routeburn, one of New Zealand's nine Great Walks, is officially not a part of Te Araroa but connects so perfectly to its route that we couldn't resist the temptation of covering it. Patrick joined in too. Because, really, what are an additional 54km when you've almost walked 3000? … Continue reading Routeburn, Mavora Lakes & Mararoa River tracks