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Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 15 January 2011 | Views [390]

New to tramping so not quite sure what I was getting myself into, despite the D.O.C telling me that it would be a doddle for a fit young man like me. "Doddle" would not be my choice of words.

If doing this hike/ tramp, best thing to do would look at the train timetable. I didn't realise Saturdays here count as Sundays in terms of transport and Solway is not exactly a hustling bustling town/ village. Hitchhike and all should be good. I managed to get a lift back from the mountain to Wellington. More hospitality from locals.

Advice for future tramps: I learnt how not to pack your bag; lots of ice, pillow, books and trainers do not count as essentials, especially according to my back. Also, hikes in N.Z are phenomenal! I walked for 4 plus hours without seeing a soul, which although was at times a bit daunting, it too enhanced the space of the landscape and brought home the idea of the real outdoors. A definite must for not unfit people (if that makes sense).


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