Another white girl inspired by ‘Wild’?

Ki ora/Hi! My name is Lili. I’m a 29 year old Pakeha (white girl) from New Zealand. Born and bred in Whakatane, the Eastern Bay of Plenty, and now living in the big smog, also known as Auckland or Jaffaville.

This blog/site/page…whatever you call it, documents the overly ambitious tramps, hikes and walks I have undertaken in Aotearoa/New Zealand and overseas. I am an avid foodie, even in the bush, and will write down my favourite back country meals for your inspiration.

Despite being new to everything outdoors, especially hiking, I am an ULTRALIGHT GEEK. I spend hours upon hours researching ultralight gear, food, clothes, and want to share my reflections with others infected by this strange disorder. I have a sneaky tab for fellow addicts that are ‘out the gate’, and contains my ever-changing gear list and base weight breakdown in grams and kilos (Hannibal Lecter Slurp).

It is also getting to a point where I have done so many neat walks that I want to share with travellers what these walks are like, and how to get to them in a dummy-proof way!

And yep, I read Wild by Cheryl Strayed in 2014 and was convinced like many others that spending ten thousand dollars and hiking the PCT would somehow give me a sense of purpose and process all of my earliest traumas…That is still definitely a therapy I will undertake in my life, but for now I will suffice with my ancient, spiritual, unimaginably beautiful and conveniently located country at the bottom of the world, my home, my whenua – NZ.

I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. — William Henley

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