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It's been 4 years since I last went up Mt Fishtail and for good reason. I remember it as an uphill suffer-fest to a tiny hut with cold winds and no views. This time I was hoping it would be a bit better - not only am I fitter, the forecast actually predicted good weather and someone had promised dark chocolate after dinner. The walk up the valley to the start of the uphill is incredibly picturesque. Past the campsite the forest is largely untouched with huge podocarps and loads of orchids (at least 3 species!). Once across the stream...

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Oh hay there! In case ewe haven’t herd we have a new meal out now. As most of you know we don’t bleat on about our products, preferring to let them speak for themselves. One things for sure though we’re definitely not going to be sheepish about our latest meal - a hearty lamb and mint risotto with baby peas. It’s our first meal made with lamb and we’re pretty sure ewe’ll love it. Shear it around. Buy it here and at all good outdoor retailers.

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New Zealand’s adventure racing scene is about to step up to a new level with the launch of the Adventure 1 Series next month. A1 NZ unifies five existing AR events with a mandate to grow the sports national profile and increase participation, particularly from youth. “ The trans-Tasman A1 Series founded by Todd Vickery in Australia has been hugely successful already and our New Zealand race directors have responded positively to aligning with it,” says A1 NZ Series CEO Warren Bates. “We have an excellent geographic split for the New Zealand launch with three events in the North Island...

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After our blog post Kahurangi we received this amazing response from Kieran Mackay on why Kahurangi was special to him. Why is Kahurangi National park so special? For me its adventure and the contrasts….I look up at the marble mountains and limestone hills of the park with excitement and awe and wonder, what else are you hiding? Will I be lucky enough this year to discover some more of your incredible secrets? It is more than this. though… It is the senselessness of it it all.Climbing pitch after pitch while lugging a heavy pack of gear, feeling the exhaustion creep...

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The Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race has been running since 2014. Here’s some highlights from the past 4 years. Murchison 2014 - The first AWAR!! Teams rafted the Buller River and explored the Matataki Valley, the race finished in Murchison with the highlights being the Mole Tops and teams exploring areas that had interesting earthquakes faults and areas with rich mining history. Murchison 2015 - Back in Murchison but this year the course rafted a different section of the Buller River and teams spent the day in the Owen Valley going into some wild and remote places. The long course teams summited the...

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