• Among Secret Beauties a Memoir of Mountaineering in New Zealand and the Himalayas
    Among Secret Beauties a Memoir of Mountaineering in New Zealand and the Himalayas
    Climbing entered the world stage in the 1950s: this was the era that produced not only Sir Edmund Hillary but a strong body of world-class New Zealand climbers. In this important and dramatic book Brian Wilkins, who was part of the adventure, shares his experiences of climbing in the Southern Alps and the Himalayas. During the New Zealand Alpine Club expedition to the Himalayas in 1954, the year after Everest, Wilkins was the climber most closely associated with Hillary. Hillary's two narrow escapes from death during the expedition saw Wilkins in a unique position to gauge the character and actions of this legendary figure at a formative stage in the famous climber's career. Wilkins' New Zealand climbing includes the first ascent of the northeast ridge of Mt Aspiring, a gripping drama of survival and human endurance and a test of the ethics of mountaineering. In this account he also submits the writings of his contemporaries to robust critical attention, writing with warm gentle humour, honesty and insight.

    ISBN: 9781877578489
    Publication date: 01/12/2013
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Wilkins, Brian
    Format: Not Applicable
    Price: $45.00
  • Canterbury and Kaikoura Day Walks of New Zealand
    Canterbury and Kaikoura Day Walks of New Zealand
    Canterbury presents a great richness of outdoor experiences, from the Kaikoura Coast to the heights of Aoraki/Mt Cook. Day Walks of New Zealand: Canterbury and Kaikoura offers over 60 of the best short excursions throughout the region, selected by well-known outdoors writer Mark Pickering. Whether it be strolling in the exotic forests of Hanmer Springs, exploring the waterfalls and mountains around Arthur's Pass village, taking a nature walk in the heart of suburban Christchurch or admiring the rock formations at Dashing Rocks, this is the guide to have with you. Each walk has been graded and timed, and each entry contains information on access, track conditions and points of interest. These details are accompanied by descriptions of the geography and climate, fascinating notes on the history of Maori and European occupation, and handy maps.

    ISBN: 9780143565512
    Publication date: 04/01/2011
    Price: $26.00
    Author: Pickering, Mark
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Canterbury Foothills and Forests Walking and Tramping Guide
    Canterbury Foothills and Forests Walking and Tramping Guide
    This new edition of Pat Barrett's popular guide to walking excursions in the greater Canterbury region adds Lewis Pass National Reserve and Western Arthur's Pass National Park to the areas included in the first edition, and also covers additional areas of Te Kahui Kaupeka and Hakatere Conservation Parks that are now accessible to the public. The book has a comprehensive introduction, with advice for planning your trip, and provides some background on landscape and climate, flora and fauna, and a brief history of the Canterbury foothills. Pat's personal accounts of some of his favourite walks and climbs will inspire even 'armchair trampers' to get out and enjoy the natural splendour of this magnificent region. Canterbury Foothills & Forests includes walks and tramps suitable for a range of fitness levels; families with children and the moderately fit will enjoy the many short walks along well-marked tracks, and there are harder trips for those who aspire to the challenge of a climb and the views gained from the tops of some of the higher summits.
    The walks and climbs are organised by region: Rangitata region, Ashburton Lakes and Rakaia Valley, Waimakariri Plains region, Waimakariri Basin and Arthur's Pass National Park, and the Lewis Pass region. The handy-sized guide is illustrated with Pat's inspiring photographs and includes 17 new full-colour maps.

    ISBN: 9781927145579
    Publication date: 20/11/2014
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Barrett, Pat
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Catlins and the Southern Scenic Route
    Catlins and the Southern Scenic Route
    ISBN: 9781877372780
    Price: $19.99
    Author: PEAT, NEVILLE
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Excellent Short Walks in the South Island
    Excellent Short Walks in the South Island
    As a follow-up to his North Island volume, inveterate tramper Peter Janssen presents more than 250 short walks in the South Island and Stewart Island that are ideal for those people who like to stretch their legs without having to tackle a full tramp. Among others, this includes parents with young families or visitors who have come to New Zealand without full walking kit. All of the walks include a memorable highlight, whether it's a spectacular landscape feature, an historic site or just a great view. The walks are grouped by region, and each can be accomplished within the span of a couple of hours (and some much less), putting them well within the grasp of most walkers. Each walk includes: highlight(s), how to get there, the grade, the time and full track notes. Maps are included, and a short introduction gives information on bush safety, practical considerations and information on how to use the book.

    ISBN: 9781869661908
    Publication date: 15/02/2008
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Janssen, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • First Crossings Historic Nz Adventures Recreated
    First Crossings Historic Nz Adventures Recreated
    Based on the high-rating TV show, First Crossings, this book follows modern-day New Zealand adventurers Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald as they recreate extreme journeys of pioneer New Zealand explorers. Kevin and Jamie don't just take the same routes, they also wear the same clothes, use the same equipment and try the same food. While fascinating, this approach also leads to the pair finding themselves in some terrifying, death-defying and very uncomfortable situations. It's certainly an eye-opener as to how tough our pioneer adventurers were. The book adds a great more detail and background to each of the stories - both the historical backgrounds and also Kevin and Jamie's reactions to the stories and to their attempts at recreating them. Of the ten stories, five are from the first series and five from the second. They include Whitcombe and Lauper's first crossing of the Southern Alps; Grave and Talbot's attempt to find a pass into Milford Sound; Fyfe and Graham's ascent of Mt de la Beche.
    As well as several 19th century stories, First Crossings includes 20th century explorations such as Edmund Hillary's solo ascent of Mt Tapuaenuku, and Kelly Tarlton's diving of the Elignamite wreck (i.e. treasure hunting). Kevin and Jamie are no strangers to extreme conditions. They were the first Kiwis to walk the 1200km journey to the South Pole unaided (read about this in Kevin Biggar's Escape to the Pole) and they also set a new world record for rowing across the Atlantic in 2003 (see The Oarsome Adventures of a Fatboy Rower).

    ISBN: 9781775533962
    Publication date: 09/08/2013
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Biggar, Kevin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Great Walks of New Zealand
    Great Walks of New Zealand
    Great Walks of New Zealand is a tribute to New Zealand's eight finest walking tracks, by renowned wilderness photographer Craig Potton. Based on the best-selling Classic Walks of New Zealand, this book has been updated and revised to focus on our Great Walks, a reflection of the international prominence these tracks now rightly enjoy. Tracks included are Stewart Island's Rakiura Track, the Kepler Track, the Milford Track, the Routeburn Track, the Heaphy Track, the Abel Tasman Coast Track, the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk, and the Lake Waikaremona Track in Te Urewera. With 3D overview maps from Geographx and up-to-date track information, Great Walks of New Zealand combines words and photographs to rekindle memories of past trips, and to inspire readers to new experiences on these magnificent tracks.

    ISBN: 9781927213636
    Publication date: 19/10/2015
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Potton, Craig
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Hawks
    Hawks
    ISBN: 9781877566776
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Grant, Andrew
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • How to Go Boating and Where: The Complete Kiwi Guide
    How to Go Boating and Where: The Complete Kiwi Guide
    This is a book for everyone who wants to begin their own boating career or who wants to add to their knowledge. Written in the same style as his previous bestseller How to Catch Fish and Where: The Complete Kiwi Beginner's Guide, the book covers everything from how to buy a boat through to how to launch it, ski from it, catch fish from it and, most important of all, stay safe while doing so.

    ISBN: 9781869538767
    Publication date: 15/11/2014
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Rendle, Mike
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $29.99
  • Lydia Bradey Going Up is Easy
    Lydia Bradey Going Up is Easy
    'As the first woman to climb Everest without oxygen, Lydia made history, but her team abandoned her, betrayed her, and defamed her. Her Everest story is strange and bittersweet, but the inner strength that propelled her up that mountain ultimately helped her rise above petty scandal. Her feat is now recognised and admired as an important 'first' on the world's highest summit.' - Greg Child, author of Over the Edge. In 1988, Lydia Bradey became the first woman to climb Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen. She made the ascent alone - her team members having abandoned her on the mountain - and to date she is the only New Zealander to have made an oxygen-free ascent. Her climb was a truly remarkable achievement but also an internationally controversial one. Going Up is Easy details for the first time the events surrounding Bradey's historic feat, as well as her many hair-raising expeditions through Alaska, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, India, China, Europe, and New Zealand. In the spirit of John Krakauer's Into Thin Air or Joe Simpson's Touching the Void, Going Up is Easy celebrates a life lived on the edge.
    Through her stories, we encounter a woman propelled by curiosity and passion to become one of the greatest female high-altitude adventurers of recent times. Co-written with acclaimed novelist Laurence Fearnley, a long-time friend of Bradey, and stunningly illustrated throughout, Going Up is Easy is a life story by turns dramatic, tender, funny, frank and inspiring.

    ISBN: 9780143573234
    Publication date: 27/05/2015
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Bradey, Lydia
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Porkers: The Gripping Story of the Cora Lynn Ripper & the Ones Who Didn't Get Away
    Porkers: The Gripping Story of the Cora Lynn Ripper & the Ones Who Didn't Get Away
    There are days when a pig hunt can resemble a clash between Roadrunner and Wile E.Coyote: "I jumped up and put my feet into gear before my brain, charging off through the scrub with my head down and with my eyes half shut. I didn't want to lose an eye. Too late I realised my mistake when I ran straight off a bluff! i was in mid-air and thought, 'Help, I have done it this time...' " And days when a surprise is in store: "All was silent for a moment until I looked over the edge where the fern had been flattened, and saw the dogs and the pig with his backside sticking out of the fern. One dog had an ear while lying on his back on the ground with his four feet in the air, and the others lay around panting. It was a very hot day. The dogs and the pigs were all stuffed..." In a country where introduced pigs can ravage native bush, hunters help keep the numbers under control. Warwick Broadhurst's highly entertaining life as a pig hunter is laid bare in this fast-paced collection of stories from the high country, the forests and the plains.

    ISBN: 9780473316679
    Publication date: 01/04/2015
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Broadhurst, Warwick
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • So Far So Good
    So Far So Good
    In 1980, pre-eminent New Zealand landscape photographer Craig Potton, traversed the Southern Alps, a three-month tramping and mountaineering trip that started at Milford Sound and ended in Nelson Lakes National Park. Now, over 35 years later, Craig Potton recounts the experience in So Far, So Good. In part, this is the story of four friends embarking on a youthful adventure in the mountains, dealing with all of the challenges that travelling in this environment presents. But it is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to spend an extended period of time in the wilderness. Heavily illustrated with photographs taken on the trip, this is a book for anyone with an interest in tramping and mountaineering, and the experience of wild places.

    ISBN: 9780947503123
    Publication date: 19/09/2016
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Potton, Craig
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
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