Pictures From Trips

Pictures from adventures

Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge: Ruahine Forest Park
14 & 15 December 2017

I've been travelling so much lately for the Enabling Good Lives work that I was well overdue for an outdoors trip. Needed some time out but also didn't want to push myself "too" much, so I headed for Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge in the Ruahine Forest Park. A great trip out by myself.

Apparently there are hills in the cloud
It wasn't looking very "nice"

It was a "wet weather gear" kind of day

It's a pity that the only shade at the carpark was next to the longdrop!

Had a amazing afternoon watching the weather and reading. The walk out was a beautiful day, although a little hot. We had to seek shade at the carpark next to the longdrop while we waited for our ride!

National Lead Climbing Championships 2017; Paraclimbing
19 & 20 August 2017

The first Paraclimbing competition to be held in New Zealand. It was an honor to make a little of New Zealand Climbing history. Thanks to Extreme Edge; Glen Eden, the Auckland Sports Climbing Club and Climbing New Zealand for hosting us. A close competition and we had an absolute blast, I'm looking forward to next year! Thanks to Sian Mofitt Photography for some of the images! A huge shout-out to, VertX Climbing Gym, Hawkes Bay Vapor and those that donated anonymously to support getting me to the competition. 

Warming up
Hanging out in the warm up area

My serious face while route planning

Myself, Diane and Rachel

Qualification Climb 1

Qualification Climb 2

Video of Qualification 2: Antnz Burgess

Changing climber from Diane to Rachel



My final move of the competition

Very close final!


Makuri, Wairarapa
16 - 18 June 2017

A quick weekend get away with family. Went for a drive to Pongaroa and got to see Waihi Falls. Also found some boulder fields that have some potential. 


Burtton's Track, Tararua Forest Park
4 June 2014

A safe day out at a local track, I was hoping for a 3 day hammock camping and hiking trip but the track conditions got the better of me. It was a good conformation that I can do a 10km day with a full "down to zero" gear with me. This track is part of Te Araroa, and I was hoping to complete my first "section", at least I've started!

Not a bad day to head over those hills.


Tawa Loop, Manawatu Gorge
21 April 2017

A day adventure at the Manawatu Gorge.  I've done the Tawa Loop before, but as a "training" for other trips so it was nice to take my time and some photos along the way.

Was good to remind myself what's in my own back yard!


Makuri, Wairarapa
15 & 16 April 2017

A quick overnight trip. I love NZ, a beautiful spot to chill out! I'm glad we took the time to have a wee look at a couple of close spots.

Lovely surroundings to chill out to


Donnelley Flats, Tararua Forest Park
10 - 12 March 2017 with
Outdoor Training NZ
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

A very wet weekend at Donnelley Flats in the Eastern Tararua Forest Park. Teaching teenagers basic bushcraft skills.  

Keep out of the food ADNZ Ben!!
Getting ready for car park briefing

Student Base Camp

Not a bad view to get up to
Serious face while teaching
Can it stop raining now??
Teaching Navigation with Paul
ADNZ Ben was pretty tired by this stage
Who needs a tap when water is falling from the sky


Rangiwahia Hut, Ruahine Forest Park
9 - 11 February 2017
"Solo" Trip

My first independent "solo" trip into the wilderness in 12 or so years. There is something special about heading into the bush by "yourself". I was accompanied by Assistance Dogs NZ Ben, who carried a good swag of gear; having him enabled me to do this trip. I'm looking forward to many more!

Ready to go

Remember where you came from
Fern frond just peeking out

Loving the forest

Making progress

The Iconic Rangiwahia Bridge

Made it! So worth the view

I was happier than I look!

Loos with a view

Sleepy ADNZ Ben, its too early for him.

Panorama from the high point near Rangi Hut (on the right)

Hanging at the hut with ADNZ Ben

Alpine Daisy

The cloud rolled in

Sunset just starting

So privileged to spend this time by myself

Good day for the walk out

Thanks to the random stranger for taking this

Thanks to a busy track we got a bridge shot!

Finshed!!  Amazing trip, and so good to "go solo" again!


Lake Rotopounamu, Tongariro National Park
16 January 2017

A quiet wander around Lake Rotopounamu, lovely day to take our time and some photos.



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