CROSS­ING TIPS

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Key ad­vice for the Ton­gariro Alpine Cross­ing:

■ If you’re in a group, start to­gether, stick to­gether, fin­ish to­gether.

■ Train prop­erly — walk­ing around town is in­suf­fi­cient train­ing for a moun­tain cross­ing.

■ Seek lo­cal ad­vice — visit the lo­cal DOC of­fice and the i-Site vis­i­tor cen­tres at Tu¯ rangi or Taupo¯ for the lat­est up­dates.

■ Check the fore­cast.

■ Dress for a moun­tain tramp and take the right gear — check doc.govt.nz or with a trans­port op­er­a­tor for what’s suit­able.

■ Be sure of your trans­port ar­range­ments — pickup time, what hap­pens if you turn back.

■ If you are a novice, go with a guide or some­body who knows what they’re do­ing.

■ Don’t bite off more than you can chew — be pre­pared to turn back if you’re strug­gling or the weather de­te­ri­o­rates.

■ Stay on the track.

■ En­joy your day — don’t spoil it by tak­ing un­nec­es­sary risks.

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