I’m sure that fear of losing the freedom to get into the mountains is common among many keen outdoor parents. But rather than just waiting to see if that perceived ‘fate’ became reality, I proactively decided to adapt to this new life-chapter and embrace the opportunities that it held.
For North Island townies like me, one of the biggest challenges in any climb in the Southern Alps is just getting there in time for a weather window. So a climb of Mount Armstrong (2,174m), a little over 700 metres above the highly accessible Brewster Hut (12 bunks), is a good option when time is the limiting factor.
Before becoming a mum, a big part of how I identified myself was as a long-distance trail runner and tramper. Not surprisingly, one of my biggest concerns about welcoming a little human into my life was not being able to get out and enjoy the backcountry as much or in the same capacity.
Thanks to New Zealand's temperate oceanic climate, the Southern Alps don't get to experience the same rigid winter temperatures as the European Alps, the American Rocky Mountains or the Himalayas.
Many of our articles focus on particular trips, events or opinions, but the team at Wilderlife thought we'd occasionally cast a spotlight on a few outdoor good sorts, to dig deeper into the wonderful individuals who make up our vibrant outdoor community.
Marlborough Tramping Club raised $2000 for the Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust by hosting a screening of the NZ Mountain Film Festival National Tour.