Backcountry adventuring in Aotearoa New Zealand

Hazel Phillips

Tales of ambition, risk and death in New Zealand’s backcountry

One afternoon in Auckland, journalist Hazel Phillips decided to close her laptop and head for the hills. She then spent the next three years living in mountain huts and tramping alone for days at a time, all the while holding down a full-time job.

As she ranged from Arthur’s Pass and the Kaimanawa Forest Park to the Ruahine Range and Fiordland, she had her share of danger and loneliness, but she also grew in confidence and backcountry knowledge. Her story of this solo life is an absorbing blend of adventure and humour, combined with her research into tales from the past of ambition and death in the mountains. She also casts a feminist eye over the challenges women climbers and explorers faced.

Full of pluck, courage and resourcefulness, this book is for all those who long to wade through emerald rivers and breathe the mountain air.

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‘Solo will inspire you to pull your big girl panties on, as well as tramping boots, and get exploring’ — Carolyn Enting, Good magazine



  • CATEGORY: Biography and memoir, Contemporary issues, Ebooks, Gender and identity, Lifestyle, Natural history and environment
  • ISBN: 9780995135451
  • ESBN: 9781991016089
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 09/06/2022
  • PAGE EXTENT: 256
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Hazel Phillips is a writer and communications professional