Tramping, nearly camping.

The Ruahine Range called to us again...there's so much you haven't seen yet. So, of course, we returned for more exploration, more tramping and more muddy boots!

Tramping, nearly camping.

This time we took the somewhat unsettlingly named 'Swamp Track' which made us all immediately start looking over our shoulder for beasts rising out of the mist and gloom. Eomer launched into a 'what to do if we get stuck in a swamp' instructions (lie on your back and keep your body flat, in case you ever need such advice) and I was thinking in the back of my mind of all the recent heavy rain and wondering if I'd actually remembered to pack any spare clothes for the inevitable muddy journey home?!

But, in reality, it was an easy round circuit stroll through some of the beautiful Macrocarpa forest in the National reserve. The peace and quiet meant we could have been miles from anywhere but were actually only about 30 mins from the car. Amazing! We passed large numbers of people doing the Sunrise Hut route - which we had walked on our previous visit. However, this time we did a sneaky side shoot and snuck out to the lowest hut on the mountain, one that often gets missed as people head to the top.

The grandly named "Triple X" hut. Another fine hut, both kids raced to the bunks, laying out the mattresses and declaring who was sleeping there. But of course, this time we were only staying for lunch! Delicious bacon sandwiches cooked on the most compact Trangia you will ever find. Another family came through the trail to the hut, specifically drawn by the smell of cooking bacon and then had to literally drag their children away again as they gazed entranced at my awesome cooking skills (!).

Now, this little Trangia and I have a history together and I've always had a huge soft spot for it. I first started travelling in the nineties, heading to Africa for a year before university and along with a pack full of classic 90's gear, this Trangia stove stayed my trusty cooker up mountains, down rivers and through the years continued travelling with me in Canadian forests, and later throughout cycle touring in Spain. The compact size and lightweight packability meant it made the cut every time!

And now, we have the new version, which includes a non-stick fry top. Superb!

Anyway, suffice to say, we all loved our new adventure trail and will be packing the Trangia in every tramp, camping or not, as the temptation of cooking a little lunch or hot drink with such a little weight can now be possible. Hooray for gear designs that are so perfect that little has changed in nearly 20 years! Hats off to Trangia :)

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Ruth Lively-Masters

Ruth Lively-Masters

About Me & Mine

Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.

Favourite place in the world:

Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.

Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.

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