After our highly successful maiden *Dads 'n Daughters Weekend*, we're running another! November 3-5,... read more
The following is a copy of an article printed in Grapevine Magazine, Issue 1 2012.
Here at Wildman, we reckon mum's are pretty cool, so here's a little piece in honour of Mother's Day...
"The Return of Spring?? But we're in late autumn - just about to hit winter! What's with the 'return of spring' post?", I can hear you saying.
Ever since I was a young fella staying on my Uncle Roy's dairy farm during school holidays, I've had a fascination with knives. I used to look in awe at his big sheath knife and couldn't wait for the day when I'd have my own. I remember finding an old 'knife' in the back of a hay barn, which was actually a blade off an old harvester. It wouldn't cut anything, but it looked cool and I carried it with pride...
Check out the photo below of Luke (3 years old) on his first roar trip in the hills near Rotorua. No stags were roaring yet but we had some great 1-on-1 time together. It awesome to see how well young kids adapt to the bush environment and love camping out. I think often children will look to their parents to see if they can achieve something or not, and if we show confidence in them they develop a natural interest in the outdoors.
If you've done one of our Into the Wild courses, you would've spent some time looking at basic navigation techniques using a map and compass. This can be a confusing topic for some - especially when throwing around words like magnetic declination and map topography. The reality is, it's quite a simple process once you get your head around it - particularly now, with some much simpler teaching methods to adjust for magnetic declination. Anyway, as a reminder for those who've done the course and as a simple reference for others, we thought a blog on the topic could be helpful. You'll need to have some basic knowledge on how to read a topographic map for this to make sense - and in New Zealand, the best maps to use are the new(ish) Topo50 maps put out by Land Information NZ (LINZ).
Our next Into the Wild event is confirmed! Check out the dates below and if you want more details on the programme, click HERE or send us an email. Make sure you get in quick though - there's limited space available.
After plenty of mucking around and procrastinating, we're finally getting our website sorted. As you've probably noticed, there's still a few hiccups to be overcome - broken links, pages that are missing and a lack of information in some areas ... but we're getting there!