Ok. Common sense might suggest a few things if you were preparing for a thru hike, right?
Maybe pack hikes, studying maps, how and where to resupply, acclimatising to NZ weather which should be cold, wet, rainy and maybe snowy. Especially when we are talking about starting in less than a month.
So, to prepare for lots of walking, I've been doing mostly this:
And to get used to wintery NZ conditions, I've been doing this:
Luckily, I've got a plan! Mostly it involves getting off this lovely tropical paradise and getting back to NZ as soon as I can. To a place I can actually download the maps I need to do detailed work with... gear is sorted (well, pretty much sorted. Thanks Judith, the two Benjamins, and everyone who provided advice at the Te Araroa Facebook page). The cottage industry guys at Dutchwaregear, Papa Smurf at Dream-hammock, and Zpacks have been fantastic rushing through some upgrades for me!
Best of all, family and friends have been amazingly supportive, and that feels really special.
Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I'm having a ball, and I'm looking forward to the ground rush of the last couple of weeks before I begin! What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts, advice...
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