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Tararua Range

I've been getting ahead of myself. Brad isn't on the Kapiti Coast yet, in fact he's on a six day tramp in the Tararua Range. It's reputed to be the most demanding part of the Te Araroa Trail on the North Island with 1000m ascents and descents. Also weather conditions can be extreme. With his sore knee, this will be a challenging section of the trail. Fortunately, he's not alone but with Ludo and Flore. Here is the Te Araroa Trail description.

Red Deer on Scree

I can't image tramping much of this kind of terrain with a bad knee and can only hope the trail doesn't have long stretches of scree.

Wind Farm, photo courtesy of Manawatu Standard

From what I'm reading the Tararua Range and wind are synonymous. As a result, wind farms are being built but are unfortunately receiving noise complaints from neighbors. Finding energy solutions continues to challenge us all.

Tararua Range, photo courtesy of Multi Cultural Medley

Tararua Range, Photo by Richard Young

Tararua Range, Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves."

John Muir

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