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After completing our Intermediate Snow Craft course with the New Zealand Alpine Club in August, we were keen to put our multi-pitch rope skills to the test on one of Mt Ruapehu’s most challenging peaks. Girdlestone (2,658m) sits high on the south-eastern side of Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand’s North...

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Jordan and I have really enjoyed getting into mountaineering. Being immersed in snow-capped mountains just feels at home to us and as we build our experience and training, we continue to look for more ways to challenge ourselves and tackle some of the adventures on our ‘alpine bucketlist’. Camping...

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Snowshoeing is a pretty common Canadian hobby in the winter. It’s an easy way to navigate through deep snow and helps you explore the outdoors during tough Canadian winters. In New Zealand though, this seems to still be almost a foreign concept. Many people who we told we were going...

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Did you know New Zealand has an ice luge?? Located in one of the cutest small towns, the Naseby Ice Luge is the first and only natural luge track in the Southern Hemisphere and the training grounds of New Zealand’s national luge athletes. Natural ice luge is a slightly tamer...

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Our holiday in Northland over Christmas turned out to be one of our best trips yet in New Zealand. The weather was incredible, we met some of the nicest people and it was filled with all kinds of unique, hidden gems along the way. The area was full of...

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If there’s one thing that’s been on Jordan’s mountaineering bucket list it was camping up on the crater on Mt Ruapehu. We waited weeks for a good weather window and it finally arrived after a week long cold snap across New Zealand. The snowy week nearly foiled our plans though as...

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It’s not how I envisioned spending my holiday, but somehow I found myself sitting in a cave on a lump of clay counting the shutter releases of my camera every 35 seconds…”213, 214, 215″… listening to the sound of dripping water from the ceiling and the splashing of an...

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Mueller Hut has been on our ‘must do’ list for quite a while now. Located at 1800m on the Sealy Range in Mount Cook National Park, it provides 360 degree views of glaciers, ice cliffs, vertical rock faces and New Zealand’s highest peaks. With our newly acquired mountaineering skills,...

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This winter we have partnered with Kathmandu to adventure test their new Winter 15 gear. We have purchased a lot of Kathmandu gear over the last two years, which has served us well on many adventures in New Zealand, so when deciding where to test our gear we wanted...

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I can remember during my first week working in Wellington, I was chatting with my co-worker about some of the Great Walks we had done during our initial 6 week roadtrip around New Zealand. She handed me a ‘Wellington Tramping’ book and after breezing through the options, I landed...

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