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Lots of Technology

A GPS was the final backstop for navigation. While its accuracy is fantastic, it's a nuisance to use because it requires a hand to hold it clear of the body so it can get satellite signals. Other equipment included a mountain radio so we could get weather forecasts and provide information on our location, and we also had an emergency location beacon if we ended up in serious trouble. It's a far cry from the Maori travellers who explored this country, and from the Europeans who followed them - like Charlie Douglas and Arawhata Bill.
Tramping - The Five Passes

January 27th 2010
Feral Mike and The Beast of Burden are Back Gentle Readers, by the time you read this the solo bike ride will be about to resume. I fly from Auckland to Wellington tomorrow (Friday, 29 January 2010) to unshackle the Beast and free him from the dungeon where he has lain for the past few weeks. Together we take a ferry to Picton and the adventure resumes. In the meantime, here's a l ... read more
Oceania » New Zealand » National Parks » Mt Aspiring National Park

New Zealand Flag The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
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