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imtl  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, November 18, 2009 4:07:48 PM(UTC)
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Hi All

In the next few days I will be thru hiking the starting Te Araroa which means "The long Pathway" in local native language Mauri.
A 3000km trail that streches all the way from the northern tip to the southern "across the entire country.
It is not yed completely formed and the southern island (almost half the trail) will require navigating my own way through the terrain. A bit Similar to the CDT in the USA.

I will start this 4 months thru-hike the at northern Cape Reinga at the tip where the Tasman sea and the South Pacific ocean meet. I'll try and update as much as I can along the way.

In the mean time, All the best
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, November 18, 2009 4:35:27 PM(UTC)
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Reindeer-stay this clingy and she tstehia your diary.

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#3 Posted : Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:53:32 PM(UTC)
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ALE-ecstatic to hear that you are doing the tiarora!

Last month I spoke to friends and I heard two opposite versions of the tiarora:
A) for largely non-existent, and he especially dream, and haipormatia about association promoting the path not helpful and so we should wait.
Again) for mostly exists and is amazing and so can and should do it now.

In the case that ended yesterday, I spoke to a friend (yesterday) the CDT and talking about the tiarora. He also did not know which of the two versions for status is correct. So just yesterday I was thinking that I needed to find someone who did, but the only one I know who made the path is "trauma" he went super fast so that his experience is less relevant to us.       It's quite an amazing coincidence that then suddenly tells you on the trail.

Eyal, I think it's really cool that you do very few people THRUHIKE (I don't think). I'm waiting to hear your reports from the trail.

I have lots and lots of luck.

Ronnie


(BTW, you're probably aware that there lteraoma tiarora maps on CD. Not sure how detailed these maps, but this may be another source of information).
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#4 Posted : Friday, November 20, 2009 4:40:05 AM(UTC)
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Hi, Rony

I'm glad to see others are excited about this trail as I am. I have to say that after only a few days in NZ, this country looks amazing. I am just finishing up arrangements for the trail. I will post some logistics later today. All the maps are free to download online and also you can photocopy them from public also.

The trail itself almost completely do exist but only marked and signed half way or so. The northern Island should be ok in terms of tramping (trekking) cause it is more populated and usualy well marked. But the southern Island is a whole different story. I will get to Wellington in apprx 2 months and from there it is a lot of bush walking and self navigation planning a route of my own according to the general well.instructions of Te Araroa Trust. I will however do it a bit in that area in differenly order to tramp the Fjordland also.

But we have time for that. I don't know of any other Network that did this trail. There are like 10 people that officially thru-hiked. Nobody here ever heard about it. Locals here are real and trekkers and bush walkers.

Eyal
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#5 Posted : Friday, November 20, 2009 5:13:38 AM(UTC)
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The next on my list!
In PCT the hype had serious around this trail. All envy!!!
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#6 Posted : Friday, November 20, 2009 10:35:04 AM(UTC)
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Hi Everyone,

Last update for now. I'm heading off to the north to start the trail. Hitching to Cape Reinga early tomorrow ".

Few many other things I wanted to write:

Basic light gear like tent Tarp, Golite Ultra20 SB, must, a poncho, thermal gaiters (NZ is one of the most countries in the world rained heavily) is the same as in the thruhikes you know of in the US. I also used them alot in the Himalayas and with great success.

I have decided to start with my north face backpack and not my ultralight Golite bag cause I don't know how it will hold here. The trail here is rugged and has than the ones you know of in the US.

My north face prophet label is only 1.6 Kg and its a working beast! So I have the ultralight one waiting for me on the way in case I see I can go even lighter.

I have all the maps on DVD and I printed the parts I needed a restaurant went. Which are the first 650 km, Costs 20 cents NZ for a print.

You can download all the maps from:

Http://www.linz.govt.nz/topography/topo-maps/map-chooser/index.aspx

Food:

I have quick meals by Back Country Cuisine and simple mashed potatos and one square meals for breakfast/lunch

I will start with this and see what need to be changed. You know how it is like to fine tune many other things as you walk.

Using a pepsi stove of course. Some of the meals you can find in a ready to eat mode. So no cooking necessery. That's what i'm starting with.

Anyways, I will report once in a while when I can and with definitely in 3 weeks when I reach Auckland again.

Tomorrow "up to the north.

By the way, Cape Reinga in the northern tip, is where M?ori belief that is the point where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld.

I wonder ...

C ya all,

Eyal

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#7 Posted : Friday, November 20, 2009 2:20:33 PM(UTC)
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Again, lots of luck!

And I must say that you write it in English. As stated I know several people who would love to call us about your walking. As you wrote very few people did all for so your report will help them.
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#8 Posted : Friday, November 20, 2009 3:30:10 PM(UTC)
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Was able to steal internet few more minutes. I'm spending the night in this family's house north of Auckland. Hopefully tomorrow "I'll hitch all the wayto the northern tip.

I forgot to add:

Buy 80% deet against the sand flies!!! They are a real pain.

Also, please keep this thread in English because I have friends whom I met along the way and from my trek in the Hamalayas who wants to read this.

Thanks a lot!

Will upload pics whenever I can

Eyal

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#9 Posted : Friday, November 20, 2009 8:46:32 PM(UTC)
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Enjoy and send us some pics

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#10 Posted : Friday, November 20, 2009 9:57:18 PM(UTC)
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Eyal,
A passive reader is long, and to explore all jealousy.
Who knows, you might get to go to a second round one day in this wonderful country (with great people!).

It's easy to see why Cape rianga is a place so spiritual. To stand there and watch the meeting of the Indian Ocean with a sea of but it's definitely an experience, tsman a special experience.
Advice-keep sun protection cream. She fries there.
In addition, as you probably know, the weather is fickle and changes quickly in lower altitudes due to winds coming from Antarctica.

Keep updating us.
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, November 24, 2009 8:58:59 AM(UTC)
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Painful. It hurts. You don't understand how much it hurts.

Anyone have a ball against jealousy?

Good luck and report.

Amnon

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#12 Posted : Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:39:35 AM(UTC)
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Hi all,

Finished the first part of 103 km of the north west coastline. From Cape Reinga to Ahipara. Now bush walking thrue breaking east all the way to the east coast and the south pacific ocean.

Took me two days to walk this part. I am writing a sort of a data book for all that is interested. I will hopefully also have gps coordinates.

The trail and the people are great. I'm having a great time.

A lot of adventures happened in the last few days. Lets just say that I found myself "getting a present in the form of a Personal Location Beacon PLB. Worth $ 900 from a local guy that decided my trail is great and he wants to help.

What do you think about that?

Anyways., will report more, cant upload the archaeological pics yet, probably in a week or so.

Eyal

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#13 Posted : Tuesday, November 24, 2009 4:15:57 PM(UTC)
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Envy.

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#14 Posted : Tuesday, November 24, 2009 9:50:29 PM(UTC)
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Glad to see many other things work out for you so far.
Why aren ' t you maintaining a proper capitalizes blog? It'll be much easier to follow (rss), and for you to post (and add pictures/videos/locations).
You will also be able to email posts as you go along.

Keep on keeping on, we're.
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#15 Posted : Wednesday, November 25, 2009 5:47:59 AM(UTC)
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The people v. just. I'm sure it's not this last experience generously.
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#16 Posted : Wednesday, November 25, 2009 12:16:53 PM(UTC)
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And I found the blog site www.ontheroad.to pet day
That allows the blog administrator while walking, with locations along the way. Sounds really good for long-distance trips.
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#17 Posted : Thursday, November 26, 2009 4:10:46 AM(UTC)
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Glad to read that actually go through all the planning!

Whatever lots of luck!

Keep writing!
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#18 Posted : Sunday, November 29, 2009 11:40:18 AM(UTC)
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Hi all,

Just finished a real bad ass bush part of the trail. The last four days were harder and much more chalanging.
The NZ bush is a real navigation skills and takes.
I am continuing to write about water sources and places to camp and nice shows in general for a data book.
One CNC I can write for what I did so far,
This is not a trail formed. If you are not prepared for some serious patching of parts and navigating in some thick and dense bush I suggest you wait for a few years before doing this trail. This is nothing like the ones in the US.
I got to the east cost of NZ, to the pacific Ocean. 8 days of hiking behind me. 240 km. The bush slows you down for real. Now I'm going through some bush and easier along the east coast line all the way to Auckland.

The adventure is absolutely thrilling and I am going through a lot of many other things.

Have uploaded some pics to my picasa:
Te Araroa pics 1
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#19 Posted : Sunday, November 29, 2009 12:39:36 PM(UTC)
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Why difficult? Increases decreases your grandfather? What about water? Lena An unmarked trail?
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#20 Posted : Monday, November 30, 2009 12:38:09 AM(UTC)
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UPS and down dont trouble me. It is a real thick bush as you can see from the pics. The trail is poorly and a lot of the times unmarked.
I wrote that I'm preparing a sort of a data book with water sources and camping shows. I'll publish it when I'm done cause it needs to be organized.

The weather this morning is a bit bad so I'm waiting for it to clear up.

Eyal
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