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benched where the track has been cut into the hillside
biv/bivvy bivouac: any rudimentary shelter e.g. under a rock; a minimalist hut
blaze the scar left after some bark has been cut from a tree: an outdated and bad track-marking practice
BN navigation grade = Bushcraft/Navigation = well experienced, see Introduction
burn an area cleared of vegetation by fire
cairn a mound of stones marking a track, route or fork
campsite flat cleared area of sufficient size to pitch a tent
crush zone a region where rocks have been crushed by fault activity, resulting in a mixture of small angular stones held together with clay
disc a metal or plastic trail marker; usually a metal disc, venetian blind offcut, or plastic triangle. A column of three discs marks a track junction.
DoC Department of Conservation(approve sites); the custodians of our Forest Park
face a steep, generally featureless hillside: no significant spurs or creeks
flats flatlands; may be in grass or the bush
FG Navigation Grade = Family Group = no great difficulty, see Introduction
gorge a narrowing of the watercourse inducing difficulty; commonly with rock walls, pools to be swum, or falls to be sidled
graded where the gradient is fairly uniform
gut a narrow and steep watercourse or dry gully
L to the left as you face it
lawyer tataramoa: a forest vine with sharp clinging hooks
OT Navigation grade = ordinary tramping = pretty normal, see Introduction
pad the ground print of a trail
QBN Bushcraft and Navigation, see Introduction
QOT Ordinary Tramper, see Introduction
QFG Family groups, see Introduction
R to the right as you face it
ridge the highest ground between two major stream catchment areas and connecting several high points (see also spur)
route a feasible passage from one place to another, but not necessarily marked or easy to follow
saddle a low place on a ridge or spur, often giving access from one catchment to another
SH State Highway
sidle to traverse around a hillside, or to bypass an obstacle
slip the trace of a landslide
spaniard taramea: an upland plant with sharp bayonet leaves
spur the highest ground between two minor stream catchment areas and running from a ridge to a valley. contra ridge
standard a metal fence post – often a waratah
talus scree loose rubble
tarn pond or tiny lake, typically on a ridge or the tops
terrace a raised flat area, often with a sharply defined edge
TL True Left i.e. the left side of a stream when facing downstream
tops country above the bushline; may be alpine
tor an isolated natural column of rock
TR True Right i.e. the right side of a stream when facing downstream
track or trail a well-formed or well-marked route; sometimes graded and commonly kept cleared
tram-line a bush-logging tramway or the remains of its ground formation
windfall/windthrow a fallen tree or branch (Take care not to lose the trail!)

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Live life at the full ;
blend dream with the deed ;
drink deep of the draught.
The men who moved before us,
the mountain maids who bore us,
dared the roar of the pool,
raced from the hills of speed,
hunted the high winds, and laughed
as they drove their sea-freight home
slant to the fall of foam.

Geoffrey Winthrop Young, from Motion

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