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So you’ve decided to do one of New Zealand’s great walks! You’ve booked your hut passes, sorted your transport and now you’re trying to figure out what you should eat. This handy guide will answer all your questions. First things first - you’re going to require more energy than usual. That means eating more food and planning out your meals in advance. What you want is a wide range of foods that provide different sources of energy and nutrients to keep you going. If carrying extra weight isn’t an issue you can take in some fresh food to make meals...

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Walking the Matiri Range from Thousand and Hundred Acre Plateaus to the Wangapeka had been on my list for years. This weekend the weather gods delivered (with a day of southerly to keep us honest) and we finally pulled off this fun route. It was an awesome mix of well-established trail, time wandering in the alpine zone, thick bush-bashing and negotiating countless little bluffs that don’t show up on a TOPO map. On Friday morning we left one car at the Wangapeka road end and then drove up the Matiri Valley. I flagged down a ute and asked the guys...

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Comedy musician Wilson Dixon (aka Jesse Griffin or vice versa) does a clever skit on the names of New Zealand’s main Islands, and how they came about. Strumming his guitar at a show in NZ… he says “you guys are pretty laid back, it’s reflected in the way you named your islands” ‘hey, what shall we call this island we’re on here’ “this one that’s kinda north of things?” ‘yeah’ “um, north island?” ‘that’s pretty good, what about that one that’s south of here?’ “going out on a limb here … how about the south island? ‘that’s good too’ “what...

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Hunters share many similarities with Adventure Racers. Spending days off track in wilderness areas constantly exercising (often with heavy packs) could describe either activity. Nutritionally the demands are almost identical. If you thought about nutrition the same way as world champion adventure racing teams you could massively improve your endurance, focus and enjoyment in the outdoors. Here’s 3 things you should consider for your next hunting trip:  Hydration: Its not just about the water! You also need to replace lost salts (Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium), Adventure racers supplement their water intake with sports rehydration powders. They know that a 2% loss...

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Nathan Fa’avae is one of the leading adventure racers in the world with multiple world championship victories, highlighting a successful career in the sport for almost two decades. He has had valuable input into the product development of Absolute Wilderness Freeze Dried meals with the aim of producing the ultimate energy and nutrition for extremely demanding sports. He and his expedition racing teams have tested our meals over six continents, in what we believe are the hardest conditions on the planet, He participated in the first four Godzone events (2012-2015) recording 4-wins. He didn’t enter Godzone in 2016 and 2017,...

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