Thru-hiking Length of New Zealand on Te Araroa
DONE BY: Samuel Bartusek | Hotchkiss School '15 | Princeton U. '20
HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND:
Just general internet exploring and thru-hiking forums and stuff, but the Te Araroa Trust's website is https://www.teararoa.org.nz
LENGTH: 5 months
LOCATION: Whole length of New Zealand
PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★☆
KIND OF PERSONAL GROWTH MOST EXPERIENCED:
- Eliminating anxiety
- 6:30am: wake
- 7:00am: walk
- 5-6pm: camp
- 8-9pm ~: sleep
DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE:
- If you expect it to be fun, you're not gonna have fun, you have to expect it to suck and then when it sucks it meets your expectations and when it's fun that's a bonus.
- Explore more of the country than just the trail-really!!!!!!!
- Talk to everyone.
- Pack light especially so you can carry a lot of gummies
MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY:
How to simultaneously 'roll with it' and be good at planning