Hiking

Hiking, New Zealand, Packrafting, South Island, Uncategorized

The quintessential Fiordland journey: Manapouri to Foveaux Strait by foot and packraft


On Christmas Eve we set off from the West Arm of Lake Manapouri with around a weeks’ worth of food, packrafting and tramping gear, a bunch of TOPO maps and loose plans to make it to Foveaux Strait. We had a small box of food delivered to Lake Roe Hut on the Dusky Track to pick on the way. For two weeks we linked together rivers, Fiords, lakes, some trails and a few different mountain ranges to make it to the Southern Ocean. 
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Hiking, Mountains, New Zealand, Ocean, Packrafting, South Island, NZ, South Westland, Uncategorized

Fiordland trip with a stranger


A 10 day wilderness trip in Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks.

While driving down the West Coast I fill Jake in on the details. “I’ve never actually met Tara but people say we’ll get along well. We’ve talked about doing a trip together in Central Asia sometime. If we enjoy this trip then at least we’ll know if a longer mission together is a smart idea.” (more…)

Hiking, Mountains, Uncategorized, Walking across Nepal

Chasing Snow Leopards


18 days walking in far Eastern Nepal, mostly in the Kanchenjunga region, right up near the border of Nepal and Tibet. Snippets of our adventure and stories that unfolded along the way. Every trip back to Nepal is different. Different companions, routes, and circumstances blend together to create an interesting mosaic of experiences which are unique. As always, small encounters with people and immersion in the culture of the ‘mountain people’ left my heart warm and excited to return for more. (more…)

Hiking, Mountains, Uncategorized, Walking across Nepal

A slow paced journey: Walking Across Nepal


Note: this article was published in the NZOIA Quarterly publication back in 2014. Often we share the epic stories, the physical challenges and the hardships of longer expeditions. I wrote this to give an insight into the joys of slow-paced travel.

I have naturally itchy feet, always further aggravated by the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Last year as I walked out of the theatre, I vowed to succumb to the itching and set off on a longer journey.  A few weeks after completing my first NZOIA assessment I found myself embarking on an unsupported traverse of Nepal with Tom. On our third day we had covered the distance we had planned to do in one.  It didn’t seem to matter. Our destination soon became merely a distant focus, a direction to head in. (more…)

Hiking, Work

Nepal 2015


I was in Nepal during the big earthquake in 2015. The week before the earthquake hit, I was hiking in the Annapurna area with a bunch of teenagers from New Zealand. Here’s an edit: