Rain is pouring down on me. The spot for the night provides no shelter, just an open field in a valley of the mountains. My fingers are slightly stiff from the cold. It takes more focus to get my tent up while trying to keep my backpack including its contents as dry as possible.

Tik Tik Tik…Tik Tik Tik…Tik Tik Tik…

A few minutes later, my tent is set up, myself inside. I crawl into my sleeping bag before attempting to make dinner. I listen to the raindrops falling down on the tent roof. The calming sound comforts me. It is not even 4 pm but feeling cozy and happy I fall asleep.

It is moments like this when I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be. My little home set up in the middle of the mountains after a whole day of hiking. It gives me the freedom to be in the remotest places as close to nature as can be.

There is a purity to stripping away our modern comforts.

To step outside, breathe some fresh air, feel, hear, see, use whatever senses we have available. Move our bodies in whatever way we're capable of. There are many benefits to spending time outside. We do not only connect to our environment and the ones we're with but also to ourselves as beings.

On this and the subpages you'll be able to read all about how I approach my time outdoors, specifically in the backcountry and mountains. It's worth a look if you're getting into more quality time outdoors or to see if there's a thing here and there that may be of use for you. If you want to have a look at where I've been check out the tracks I've done here.

Overnight Tramping

This is a good place to start if you want to get a good base for camping in general but also to get prepared for different conditions. Camping in the rainforest will need different preparation than putting up your tent in the desert.

I've pitched my tent in a few sometimes very diverse places. What I learned at one place sometimes was of no use at the other. Here's a little collection of these experiences.

→ Tips for Overnight Tramping

Gear & Equipment

Things can look a lot different with the wrong (or right) gear. Taking my little story from above. All that with a bad quality or badly set up tent might end up in more pain than joy. Nobody likes waking up in a flooded tent.

Take a click if you want to know about my goodies.

→ Gear & Equipment

Food

From packing heavy cans and voluminous packs of pasta in the beginning to ready made trekking food to creating my own dehydrated food mixes. Here you can dive into all kinds of inspiration for what to pack as fuel for your body.

Plant based and always aiming to be as nutritious and energizing as need be when out and about.

→ Food

Recent Posts

A Mini Road Trip to Cape Foulwind over Lewis Pass

A Mini Road Trip to Cape Foulwind over Lewis Pass

An overview of a mini road trip from Christchurch over Lewis Pass to Cape Foulwind on the West Coast.
This one's also a little different to our usual tramping/climbing trips as one of us was still recovering from an injury.

Exploring Outdoor Gems of Christchurch, New Zealand

Exploring Outdoor Gems of Christchurch, New Zealand

Come join me on a little exploration of my personal selection of outdoor gems in the city of Christchurch.
Wetlands, botanical gardens, hikes, lots of potential for trail runs.
And oh yeah, some pretty rad views of the so-called Garden City.

Why I journal my hikes

Why I journal my hikes

Something that was initiated by a spontaneous purchase of a tiny little notebook has now become a fundamental part of my post trekking process: Journaling. Take a click if you want to find out more about why I highly recommend picking up this habit.

Recently Added Tracks

Sendero Cerro Guanaco, Tierra del Fuego

Sendero Cerro Guanaco, Tierra del Fuego

This was the first hike to really challenge me. I would get first glimpses of what Patagonian weather can be like.
The views of Tierra del Fuego, the experience hiking to the summit of Cerro Guanaco were simply humbling.

Avalanche Peak Loop via Avalanche Peak and Scott’s Track

Avalanche Peak Loop via Avalanche Peak and Scott’s Track

Arthur's Pass is one of my favorite areas in the South Island of New Zealand which puts Avalanche Peak Trail on the list of my personal hiking treasures in the country so far.
Lovely early autumn weather made this a nice, steep but relaxing trekking experience.

Pinnacles Summit via Webb Creek and Pinnacles Track (Kauaeranga Kauri Trail)

Pinnacles Summit via Webb Creek and Pinnacles Track (Kauaeranga Kauri Trail)

This track was my very first dive into New Zealand's world of tramping:
Rainforest vibes, very old trees, a staircase to heaven,...
Well, not heaven but to the summit of the Pinnacles, at least.
Oh, and views that expand over almost the entire Coromandel peninsula.