2016/17 TE ARAROA TRAIL JOURNAL
Avg. Daily Miles
About the Te Araroa: November 5-TBD
Oh man, where to begin with the Te Araroa. Well, first off, it is 1898mi/3054km and runs the full length of both islands of New Zealand. One of the few hikes in the world that hikes the full length of a country. Second, it is relatively young (officially opened at the end of 2011) and still has a lot of growing to do. The range of experiences on the TA is quite great varying in terrain including road walking, beach slogging, mountain hiking, water crossings, kayaking, farmland, jungled muddy forests, and countless other experiences. It’s going to bring on a wide range of challenges in both terrain and weather (crazy wind!). Daily distance hiked each day is significantly lower than the US long trails given the slower terrain. This hike should take around 4 months for me to complete and will surely test me in many aspects. It has gained a lot of momentum and there will be no lack of other hikers out there from all over the world. It will definitely be an experience unlike any other trail. I’m going into it with an open mind and the least logistical preparation I’ve ever had on a long trail like this, but am ready to just take it as it comes…
BASE PACK WEIGHT: 12lbs. 15,4oz.
Before The Hike
Let The Drumroll Begin! For 2016-2017 I’ll be hiking several high routes, the Wonderland Trail, and then heading down under. I’ll be in Australia and New Zealand this fall and I can’t wait!
During The Hike
After The Hike
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