The Wild Podcast

I chatted to Andy and Jonathan on The Wild Podcast a couple of weeks ago.

“In this episode we chat with explorer, adventurer and outdoors educator Dulkara Martig. We talk about travelling the world as a nomad, her epic traverse of the Southern Alps in New Zealand, gourmet cooking in the outdoors (think pizza and chocolate cake), her love of pack rafting, and the links between spending time in the wild and mental wellbeing.”

Have a listen (47min episode)


Tapuae-o-Uenuku and the Clarence

Tapuae-o-Uenuku, affectionately known to most Kiwis as ‘Tappy’, is the highest peak in New Zealand outside of the Southern Alps. It towers 2885m above sea level just North of Kaikoura. I’d floated past it on the Clarence River a couple of times and always found myself gazing longingly at the scree slopes and jagged pile of rocks towering above me. This weekend I finally stood on the summit, with my packraft!

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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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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.” Continue reading “Fiordland trip with a stranger”

Inaugral packrafting meet-up in New Zealand

I bought my first packraft in late 2013 and it proved almost impossible to find anyone else to on on trips with. I bought a second packraft to drag mates out, then set up a Facebook group to try and find more people, and finally, announced to the packrafting community that I’d host the first official packrafting meet-up in New Zealand.

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Packrafting: a new era of river exploration

Note: this article was published in the NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association) Quarterly publication in July 2015.

A year and a half ago if you’d asked me about packrafting I would have visualised people floating down rivers in cheap warehouse duckies with bike helmets. But times have changed. A modern-day packraft is the ultimate tool for amphibious exploration and I reckon New Zealand is one of the best places on the planet for it. Here’s an insight into what packrafting is all about. Continue reading “Packrafting: a new era of river exploration”

Packrafting in Alaska

9 weeks in Alaska has come to an end. Went on some sweet packrafting trips there and am excited to head back next year to continue exploring. Will edit this and add some more info later but for now, here are two edits of our packrafting roady:

PART ONE: Matanuska and the Chickaloon

PART TWO: Willow and Clear Creek