Mark is an outdoor education lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology, who has been on some epic journeys over the years. In this episode we focus on two of his most memorable trips in New Zealand. ‘Salt and Pepper Hikoi’ was a 17 day traverse of Te Urewera. His kaupapa was to get all of his calories from the forest, while travelling a long distance through some of the most rugged bush in New Zealand. His most recent adventure was a gruelling 40 day solo traverse of Fiordland.Continue reading “#12 Solo bush journeys in Te Urewera and Fiordland – Mark Jones”
In this episode I chat to Dr Laura Young, a talented botanist and conservationist based in Blenheim. We talk about Laura’s love for ecology and how her career in conservation has evolved, from rediscovering a giant weevil, the Canterbury knobbled Weevil (previously believed to be extinct) to studying wild Spaniards and kea. Laura has a five year old daughter, Cassie, who often comes with her on field trips. She shares some wonderful tips on balancing field work and outdoor time with being a mum.Continue reading “#11 Conservation, Kea and balancing field work with being a mum – Laura Young”
Mark’s diverse skill set serendipitously landed him a place on what was dubbed “the most audacious and potentially groundbreaking polar expedition in a generation”. He and two teammates used snow-kites to reach the most remote mountain on Earth – The Spectre, in the Gothic Mountains of Antarctica.Continue reading “#10 Kite Skiing across Antarctica, outdoor storytelling & the NZ mountain film festival – Mark Sedon”
Tanya first started to run when she was living in a destructive, abusive relationship. But she wasn’t allowed to run with other people and she wasn’t allowed to run on trails. Fast-forward to today and she’s living in Lake Hawea where she finds joy in adventures in the mountains almost every day.Continue reading “#9 Finding the freedom to run – Tanya Bottomley”
In this episode we talk about Brian’s evolution as a climber and then as a bikepacker. We also talk about the evolution of mountaineering in New Zealand, including the style of climbing in New Zealand in the late 80s and 90s and the positives of mentorship in the New Zealand Alpine Team.Continue reading “#8 From mountaineering to bikepacking – Brian Alder”
Maddy had never gone tramping before she headed off on an Outward Bound course as an 18 year old.
It totally changed the course of her life and she has been immersed in the New Zealand outdoor scene ever since. She joined the Otago University Tramping Club, later becoming the OUTC president, and has spent nearly every spare moment in the outdoors during the past three years.Continue reading “#7 University club culture and falling in love with alpine adventures – Maddy Whittaker”
Ashley Peters is renowned for her huge smile and infectious love of bikes. I consider her one of the most incredible role models for women in leadership in sport and recreation in New Zealand.Continue reading “#6 Legend in our mountain biking community – Ashley Peters”
This short story is written and narrated by Kiwi woman, Hannah Rae.
After losing a close friend in an alpine accident and her father within the space of a few weeks, Hannah spiralled into a period of grief. It was during this time that she took on the challenge of her first ultra marathon.Continue reading “#5 Storytime: A journey of life and loss in the Wadi Rum Desert – Hannah Rae”
Originally from the states, Andy grew up immersed in North American outdoor culture before relocating to NZ later in his adult life. In this episode Andy and I chat about adventure racing and a small but growing adventure racing community in Te Anau, on the edge of Fiordland National Park in New Zealand.Continue reading “#4 FEAR Society and Kiwi adventure culture – Andy Magness”
Jess Hotter went from the local slopes of Turoa Skifield to shredding the Freeride World Tour.Continue reading “#3 Ripping it up in the Freeride World Tour – Jess Hotter”