Here is a frame from my recent tramp with @rbmccauley. We had almost a week exploring the Cobb Valley in the Kahurangi National Park. This photo was taken as we departed Sylvester Hutt and started our 17km day to Fenella Hutt. More photos to come....
I planned to hike this next 12 day trip alone, and yet I hade made a friend in a sleepy hostel. A 19 year old Kiwi, keen for an adventure. He joined me for a couple of days.
When we arrived at the start of the hike and Irishman came wandering from the trail, tossing loose change in his hand and walked towards us. His name was Paddy (I am not joking) and he said no one had came that way for a few months other than DOC (Department of Conservation). This wild man had land just next to the trail, in the middle of nowhere.
We excitedly discussed catching a trout as we were hiking the trail. My new friend is a keen fisherman, and was sharing his knowledge with me.
We arrived at the Belltown Manunui hut after 4 hours, eating dinner and fashioning primitive rods. We saw no signs of trout that evening or the morning after, despite rumours of these rivers- said to be teeming with brown trout.
2016–08 / Trolltunga — Last summer we drove to Norway for some hiking. First up was Trolltunga, a short but very beautiful 22 km hike with the highlight being the tongue shaped rock that hangs about 700 metres over the lake below. Here is Felix looking down towards Ringedalsvatnet.
Damn...this is going back a few years. Dominie Hut, Eastern Kaweka Ranges. Tiny little hut that sits a couple of hundred meters below the summit. Classic New Zealand hiking...although in NZ we call it tramping, not hiking! Outside is best people ✌
This morning, @cuddlecanoe started to read from an article written by a friend from my childhood, Drew Philp. He's also written a great book called "A $500 House In Detroit" that is well worth the read.
This story, however, is about American (U.S.) masculinity and explored by hitchhiking and opening up the opportunity for honest discourse--the comfort in confiding in a "single serving" friend. Having just hitched through the areas his story takes place, it is especially interesting to us.
"There are basically two types of people who pick up hitchhikers: those who want to listen to your stories and those who want you to hear theirs. But, at least in my experience, it is almost exclusively people who have physical jobs – nurses, roofers, repairmen, factory workers, waitresses – that stop. Everyone that picked us up on this trip made money working with their body." -Drew Philp
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2015–10 / Fulufjället — Around two years ago, we managed to squeeze in a weekend overnighter up on Fulufjället, about five hours north of Stockholm, close to the Norwegian border. We had luck with the weather as the sun shone on us for the whole trip!
2015–07 / Laugavegur — Felix in the foreground with Álftavatn in the background. Unfortunately we didn’t get clear skies for this section. The beanie-as-gloves solution worked like a charm! Photo: @hampusjageland
2015–07 / Laugavegur — A few years back we hiked the famous Laugavegur in Iceland with some good friends. 55 km from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk. Ever-changing, dreamlike landscapes were mixed with harsh terrain & weather. Photo: @hampusjageland