New Zealand: Trekking into the depths of Mordor

We were pretty ambitious when we drew up plans to embark on a gruelling day hike on the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand. Halfway in, two hikers were down. The conquering of Mordor was proving to be a bit of a challenge…


The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon...

Jon Krakauer, Into The Wild