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Day 5-10

Kaitaia to Kerikeri

.progress { display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } Progress to Bluff: 7% Dates: 11/17 - 11/22 Start: Kaitaia End: Kerikeri Distance: 105 km Total distance: 220 km Day 5 was a classic zero day. I don’t think I’ve ever taken a rest day this early into a hike, but my body was feeling the effects of the hard sand and I knew the rest of the group wasn’t far behind. [Read More]

Day 1-4

Cape Reinga to Kaitaia

.progress { display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } Progress to Bluff: 4% Dates: 11/13 - 11/16 Start: Cape Reinga End: Kaitaia Distance: 115 km Total distance: 115 km My journey to Cape Reinga and the start of the Te Araroa began early Sunday morning in Auckland. The bus to Kerikeri left at 7:30 am, and from Kerikeri there was another bus to Kaitaia. The first bus was a mix of hikers and regular travelers, but once we reached Kerikeri and switched busses it was clear almost everyone was headed to the Cape. [Read More]

Lescun to Gavarnie

Dates: 08/28 - 8/31 Start: Lescun (Gité) End: Gavarnie (Hotel) Distance: 62 miles Vert: 27k+ / 25k- I was excited to leave Lescun. While it was a picturesque village in the mountains, I knew I was just at the start of the aforementioned mountains and couldn’t wait to climb higher up. After a disappointing breakfast at the Gité (weak coffee, stale bread, and a single croissant), I made my way to the ski town of Candanchu. [Read More]
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Overall thoughts and advice

There’s already a ton of information for the HRP freely available online, and I’d encourage you to seek out some of the other resources listed below. What follows is my personal opinion and views after finishing the route and should be taken as such. Resources and maps The HRP has been around for a while, and I didn’t have any issue finding websites and blogs covering everything from maps, resupply, and navigation. [Read More]

Hendaye to Lescun

Dates: 08/23 - 8/27 Start: Hendaye End: Lescun (Gite) Distance: 100 miles Vert: 35k+ / 32k- I got up early to catch the bus to the train station and make my way to the French-Spanish border via train. Thanks to the TGV, I quickly arrived in Paris, where I had to change trains and take the metro to another train station first. The stations were crowded with tourists, as expected in the middle of the summer. [Read More]
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HRP Gear list and thoughts

The HRP was my first hike in Europe, so I wasn’t too familiar with the conditions in the Pyrenees. I started a little bit later than I had intended in late August, but luckily managed to bypass a heat wave that way. Like many mountain ranges, late September to mid October is shoulder season where anything can happen. I was pretty lucky and only had a few nights close to freezing. [Read More]

GDT Gear review

Not a gear problem

Table Of Contents 1. Context 2. Framed Nunatak Bears Ears 3. Shelter 4. Cold weather and sleep gear 5. Wet weather gear 6. Snow gear 7. Summary 1. Context During the month of June, I hiked, or rather, snowshoed about half of the Great Divide Trail (Section A-D). With a start date of June 1, I was about 3-4 weeks ahead of the average start date on the GDT, and I knew months in advance that it would be a heavy snow year. [Read More]
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Researching snow levels

Snow, snow, everywhere

Background As I’m planning to start my hike earlier than usual, I need to do some in-depth research on what kind of weather conditions, especially snow depth, I would encounter. Prime hiking season in the Canadian Rockies is from around early July to mid September, and hardly anyone starts the GDT before late June. When I first asked questions about starting in early June on the Facebook page (which is actually super helpful! [Read More]

YHR Gear list and thoughts

Yosemite in late August has typically great conditions: The bugs have disappeared, especially in a low snow year like 2021, the weather is still good, and you only get the occasional mid-afternoon summer storms. Typically, water is still available in most streams, although seasonal ones can be dry. This means that in general, you can pick your typical three season load and be fine.

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