Danny “Crazy Horse” Strayer: Growing up in the Midwest, I spent five years as a civil engineer before calling it quits. Since then I have hiked the Appalachian Trail and New Zealand's Te Araroa. Other adventures include exploring South Africa, Samoa, Europe, Australia, and more! I blog about my travels at www.astraylife.com with videos at youtube.com/astraylife
New Zealand's Te Araroa is a trek like no other and it's important to know what gear is essential and what should be left behind.
Having completed my 3,000km hike across New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail, here's my advice for future hikers.
Though I've ranted about the things wrong with the Te Araroa, the trail has some truly amazing assets as well.
I'm three weeks into my second thru-hike on New Zealand's Te Araroa Trail, but to put it plainly, I'm not sure I'm enjoying it.
On the eve of my Te Araroa hike across New Zealand, I take stock of my gear and ponder the journey that is to come.
After finishing a thru-hike, many hikers are left wondering what comes next. The answer's easy: another thru-hike!
After 139 days hiking through the woods I began my reintegration into society.
My final days on the trail were full of trail magic as well as misadventure.
An unfortunate fall in a river left me without my phone as I entered the 100-mile wilderness.
After the incredible White Mountains, I finally reached Maine, the last state on my journey.