Category: Madi

Land Down Under: Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia

My first multi-night hike took place in the Land Down Under. Here, the wilderness is perilous and dangers attack from above and below; poisonous creatures hide in every bush and the deadly sun beats down from overhead. Leading up to the hike I was…

The First Chapter: Colca Canyon, Peru

“Hiking..? That’s just walking, right?” The year was 2015. I was two years out of university. I knew nothing about fitness, mindfulness or nutrition. I’d spontaneously joined two friends on a month-long backpacking trip through South America. So far I had been chased by…

Bear-Prints and Big-Walls: Yosemite National Park, USA

Fraser and I marvelled at the three thousand foot drop to the Yosemite Valley floor. We had battled through eight hours of sun and snow to be here, and it was worth every minute. We stood shoulder-to-shoulder staring at the most famous rock climbing…

Edge of the World: Grand Canyon National Park, USA

The trail opened with a breathtaking view of the canyon. We stood on the edge of the world and gaped down. It was the stuff of magic, forged by the forces of earth and sky. Astounding from every angle, the layers of rock tell…

Surviving Big Bear: California, USA

Our US road trip kicked off in the backcountry of California. Our only plan was to hike, climb and eat our way around the western states. We grabbed a map and looked up locations on the way to Vegas. That was how we ended…

Call of the Wild: Cobb Valley, NZ

Two worlds collide when humans roam into the realm of nature, the world of predator and prey. Here, wild animals operate outside the constructions of human existence. We are out of touch with this pure, primitive code, hardwired into our DNA but lying dormant…

Fish Out of Water: Lake Waikaremoana, NZ

Lake Waikaremoana was a brutal introduction to the realities of the wilderness. Post-Tongiraro Crossing I confidently believed I had faced much of what Mother Nature had to offer. Sun stroke? Summit? Lahar? Easy. I entered my next tramp brimming with naïve confidence; the New…

Mastering Mount Doom: Tongariro Crossing, NZ

You’ll have a tale or two to tell when you get back… You will not be the same –Gandalf Location: Tongariro Crossing, Tongariro National Park, North Island, NZ Length: 7-8 hours plus 3-4 hours to summit Ngauruhoe KM: 19.4km (excluding Ngauruhoe) – Click here…