By: Shamus Sillar
Grant Rawlinson – “Axe” to his mates – is a Kiwi expat based in Singapore who has featured in the pages of EX before. In 2011, he fell just a few hundred metres short of the summit of Everest after a very eventful month in the mountains (check it out here). He returned in 2012 and, this time, made it to the top, becoming one of only 30 or 40 New Zealanders to have achieved the feat. Not a bad effort for someone who did much of his training on the mighty slope of Bukit Timah Hill (163m)!
Now Grant has begun a new adventure. Peak to Peak is an attempt at a month-long 1300km traverse from the highest point of the North Island of New Zealand (Tahurangi/Mt Ruapehu) to the highest point in the South Island of New Zealand (Aoraki/Mt Cook), taking in some of the country’s most rugged and beautiful terrain. No vehicles will be involved; instead, the distance will be covered by a combination of hiking, climbing, kayaking and cycling.
We’ll be hearing more about Grant’s adventures in a future issue of EX, but in the meantime you can follow the team’s progress on his website and via the Follow My Spot link.
Grant is about one week into Peak to Peak. When we last checked, he had summited Ruapehu, cycled to Taumaranui, and was making his way down the Whanganui River by inflatable kayak. Ahead lies the treacherous crossing of unpredictable Cook Strait, and the dramatic and rugged scenery of the South Island.