Te Araroa: Hiking Alone

February 1, 2015 Wanaka zero day

Dear Readers,

Thank you for all the kind words you’ve sent my way, you’re all the best! Much love to you.

I can tell you that I’ve been walking well by myself! I walk alone everyday because there aren’t many TA thru-trampers. There are definitely moments when I feel lonely, but in those moments nature vibrates louder.


Rivers hum, wind blows, flies wipe their hands, tussock dance, rocks tumble, and sheep go BAAAH.

I’ve been wading through tussock


Fording rivers


Outrunning storms


Sleeping in huts


Sleeping in my poncho tarp




Swimming in emerald lakes


Listening to Steely Dan and Jimmy Buffett




And enjoying how wild and beautiful New Zealand is…because…it is


Thanks for reading!

17 thoughts on “Te Araroa: Hiking Alone”

  1. Girl you need to eat!! Looking skinny!! Great pictures and I admire your strength to keep on swimming!! Keep going you got this!! #onon #itscooltotalktoyourself #behappy #eatmorefood 👣👣❤


    1. Hey! Solo was great. And it was actually solo because I didn’t see anyone for dayzzzz. On the PCT you can start out solo but there’s so many other thru-hikers it doesn’t feel like it. I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again, the peace of the wilderness can feel like a companion.

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  2. Alone, Girl you will never be alone. The shining of your soul will attest to that. When you start a journey and make the commitment to share your life, your innermost thoughts, your feelings, you open the door to your heart. A heart stinging with purpose and meaning. What an amazing soul you have, thanks for allowing me to share your experience.

    East of the Sun West of the Moon

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