Hi! I'm Sam! I'm tramping the Te Araroa NOBO. I'm hiking, because I want to slow down and speed up. I want to embrace simplicity, forgiveness, and freedom in a way that only a trail can provide. I'm hiking for clarity and peace, for new beginnings and new challenges. I'm hiking, because it's a dream that only I can create into my reality.
Day 36 The goal for the day was to get from the West Coast to Reefton. I had spoken with a hiker a couple of weeks back who told me that Reefton was
A recurring conversation on the trail is about base weight. Base weight is the weight of a pack without food or water taken into account. When hikers
Disclaimer: I’ve titled this Te Araroa NOBO to help keep my blogging consistent, but this post is entirely off-trail. I’m blogging from the West
Day 27 Despite it being a cold night in Arthur’s Pass Village, I slept exceedingly well! As I was packing up my tent, there were five keas that
Day 24 Today was another day of figuring out transportation. I checked the weather, and it was showing rain all day. Unfortunately, this ended up
Day 20 My day of bicycling was not nearly as enjoyable or relaxing as I had hoped. After keeping my bike in my room overnight, I brought it out
Day 17 We were up with the first light, and I was headed north by 7AM. My goal for the day was to make it just a little past Timaru Hut. I had
Day 14 Fern Burn Hut was awake and moving early, which I was grateful for! I love getting up with the first light of day, packing away my quilt and
I’ve walked, hitched, bussed, and slid my way through two weeks on the Te Araroa. As I’ve been reflecting on these first two weeks, I thought it would be fun to pull together some stats! In no particular order:
Day 11 Queenstown was all that I was hoping it would be! Busy, filled with people, adrenaline-filled adventure options, and so so many food options.