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After spending a week in Mt Cook National Park for our High Alpine Skills Course in November, Jordan and I were eager to put our latest mountaineering and glacier travel skills to the test during our Christmas holiday in the South Island. Our guide, Paul Rogers, had recommended a 2+ route...

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We have spent the last two winters acquiring mountaineering skills with the New Zealand Alpine Club to enable us to get into the mountains and explore on our own on future expeditions. Earlier in the year we spent 2 weekends with the NZAC up on Mt Ruapehu learning the...

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It’s hard to believe another year in New Zealand has come and gone! 2015 was another awesome year filled with many new experiences, new friends and exciting challenges along the way. As we reflect on the year that passed we wanted to share with you some of our favourite...

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This winter we have had some great mountaineering experiences and have taken a few more courses with the New Zealand Alpine Club to further our skills. After a successful summit of Girdlestone on Mt Ruapehu in the North Island, we decided to make our next adventure a bit more advanced...

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Our last adventure during our 10 day trip to Tasmania in April was exploring the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. This area was recommended by several people along our travels in Tasmania due to its spectacular labyrinth of alpine lakes and tarns, dolerite peaks, ancient but fragile forests of...

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The hike to Sunrise Hut in the Ruahines has been on our list for some time. Recommeded as a great weekend tramp with some rugged ridgelines and stunning sunrises, we made a last-minute decision to go. That plan was nearly foiled as a culvert had collapse blocking the entrance to...

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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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Our trip to Bali was an eye-opening one that proved not everything is as it seems in the tourism world. While tourism is a major part of Bali’s economy, it was sad to see the blatant disrespect for the environment and lack of infrastructure in place to help preserve...

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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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