In early autumn, I climbed the loftiest hill in the Marlborough Sounds, Mount Stokes, with a modest altitude of 1203 metres. This involved driving for 4 hours via an interminable, winding road skirting the shoreline of Pelorus Sound. The road-trip here is, perhaps, the...

New Year’s Eve was biting at my heels. Queenstown was the last place I wanted to be on December 31st. The Hills beckoned beyond the tinsel town, so I boarded the Skyline gondola for my escapade.

Once past the Skyline Restaurant, punching through the thin veneer of amu...

George Leigh Mallory was once asked 'why he climbed Mount Everest?'
The legendary British mountaineer allegedly replied "Because it's there."


Not me! I climb mountains 'because of what is NOT there.' No wi-fi connection. No cellphone beeping with social media notifica...

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