There’s a well-known, spectacularly revered story telling of an historically significant, downright messy (lava – *hello*), disturbingly violent, suitably terrifying “war” between mountains here in our North Island’s ‘Central Plateau’.
This ‘pūrākau’ (“ancient Māori myth”) describes an early mountain landscape characterised by a cluster of peaks, crests, and apexes…
Not simply or exclusively the three ‘stayers’ that are there now.
Continue reading “Mount Tauhara: The ‘Summiteer’s Skinny’ On Lake Taupō’s “Odd Man Out””
The kupu “ngauruhoe” hints at a history peppered with near-death and tragedy, amidst some of the most challenging weather conditions anywhere in our world.
Legend begins with the navigator-cum-high priest of one of Māoridom’s much-revered seven settling canoes, the ‘Te Arawa’, and a ‘tāne’ (“man”) named: ‘Ngatoro-i-rangi’ – or more simply, “Ngatoro”.
Continue reading “Mount Ngauruhoe: How To Successfully Summit “Mount Doom””
Every so often you find yourself driving a scenic road through a ‘scape with a land-cache that’s seriously worth stopping for.
The asphalt artery connecting (Mount) Tongariro’s ‘National Park’ to (anō, Mount) Ruapehu’s ‘Whakapapa Village’ is the most recent, for me.
Continue reading “A Stone’s Throw”
There are a few ketes-worth of myth and legend describing the origin/s of Tongariro National Park, and the uniquely volcanic landscape that features here.
Like any fabulous story, though, there’s one ever-present superhuman ‘common thread’ that connects them all…
Continue reading “Tongariro’s Silica Rapids Hint At Mythical Superhero Prowess”
Every tramper has their inevitable turning-point away from the relative simplicity and safety of the day-hike, and towards the more logistically and physically challenging multi-day experience.
I’ve literally just had mine.
Continue reading “Pouākai Circuit: Our Mad/Rad AF Multi-Day “Mud Slushie” Slog”
Currently spending some focused time getting “pack fit” — you know, the kind of fitness that allows one to haul extra weight for days on end through the wilderness, or in my more immediate case: up a mountain summit (this mountain summit actually, although I do have the “wilderness” aspect more than covered over New Year’s, too).
Continue reading “Getting “Pack Fit” For Ngauruhoe”
How many of us California non-natives dream of spending a day in Yosemite National Park?
These days, that’s actually easy enough to suss next time you’re San Fran-bound (who doesn’t love San Francisco?). Still, you may wonder: what do you actually get to see and experience on a Yosemite day tour?
Continue reading “From “The City” To Yosemite: My Take On The One-Day Tour”
Sunday fun-day spent roaming a misty Mount Climie — December 3, 2016.
Continue reading “Cabbage Tree Boulevard”
Here’s a quick snap from the wetlands that beautify the shores of Lake Kōhangapiripiri — November 19, 2016.
Continue reading “Wetlands, Wanderings, & Ponderings”