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The HILLS by Mark Pickering

Why do ordinary people accustomed to the comforts of civilisation seem almost perversely to find pleasure in wilderness tramping? What is there about this challenge that can possibly compensate for endless hours of leg-weary slogging through alien bush, often in miserable weather, reaching rest only at a primitive campsite? Do they know something we don't?

Yes, they do. And this recreational challenge is particularly appealing in New Zealand. Few countries can offer so much scenic variety and accessible nature to enjoy and fewer still a people so enthusiastic for outdoor activity. Young and old, city-born or farm-bred, from fitness fanatics to office sitters, New Zealanders of all sizes, shapes and kinds are taking to the woods and enjoying it.

Mark Pickering, co-author of 101 Great Tramps in New Zealand, has captured that appeal in a wide-ranging look at tramping history, motivation, sights and sounds, and plenty of practical advice. He shares the fatigue and discomforts along with the moments of awe and delight, and the immensely satisfying self-esteem of achieving a physical goal. And while his heart is plainly in the highlands, as the title suggests, the camaraderie of the camp-fire applies to all trampers everywhere.

This book is a charming companion for these venturers on foot - and an entertaining and useful introduction for those who haven't tried tramping yet. Included are sections on where to go, what to wear, what to read, and how to take photos on the track. Mark Pickering has been there and knows what it's about.

83 page hardcover plus dust jacket both in good condition. The DJ is a creamier colour than the photo shows.


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