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In 2016 I stepped away from top level adventure racing after winning the World Champs in Australia. The reasons were that I’d struggled in training and during the race with a knee injury that I was scheduled to get surgery for in 2017. That alone was enough of a reason, but I was also wanting to create more time to invest into a business I am an owner of, Absolute Wilderness Freeze Dried Meals. After racing extensively on the AR World Series and World Champs since 2011, I wanted a break. I wasn’t sure if I’d race again, but I...

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Avaya have done it again! Over the last 5 days we’ve been glued to our screens watching the adventure racing world champs on Reunion Island. After an amazing race Avaya (fulled by Absolute Wilderness) has managed to pull away from their competitors and secure the victory.

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Planning your next adventure in the South or Stewart Islands? How about searching for the elusive and secretive South Island kōkako?! The South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust is preparing a map to show you when and where the best encounters have been reported and we’ll let you know when it’s ready here. In the meantime, some of the best reports recently have been from the Heaphy Track.  From Gouland Downs Hut to Aorere Shelter there has been a cluster of reported encounters, the most recent in late August.  A large bird with orange at its throat was seen flying onto...

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We’ve just had Team Yealands Family Wine and Team Avaya (formerly Seagate) come in to pick up their meals for the 2018 Adventure Racing World Champs on Reunion Island. Team Yealands are Godzone 2016 and 2018 winners and Team Avaya are 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 World Champions. For both teams having fast rehydrating food that's nutritious and delicious is a key factor in their success. This year the most popular meals have been Scrambled Eggs, Beef Stroganoff, Chia Pudding and Tom Kha Gai. Our scrambled eggs has always been an adventure racer favourite - as far as energy...

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Wow! Talk about putting on the good weather for Spring Challenge! We had a blast at the recent 2018 Spring Challenge South Island. With over 3000 women competing at the event it was certainly going a big one. The day started out overcast with teams rafting down the lower Buller river. They then made their way along the coast before navigating through farmland and back to the finish line. We were there doing tastings of our meals - all of the Boysenberries On Yoghurt and Beef Stroganoff sold out within an hour. We also sent Andy out on the course...

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