Here's GJ Coop's first six books with tales from tramping/trekking/bushwalking Little Adventures for your reading pleasure, with links to Amazon where they can be purchased. If you enjoy the writing on this website you may find the books similarly insightful and entertaining.
100 Days: Walking Te Araroa is a paperback or ebook, available on Amazon.com.
These books are heavily based on various blogs from this website, tramping.net.nz, but the writing has been rearranged, edited and new linking passages have been written. You can read them for free on the actual online blogs but if you want a free standing version to read anywhere, using the Kindle app, you can download them by clicking on the images below.
100 Days | Walking Te Araroa answers the fundamental question: Why is a long break away from Civilisation, allowing the re-calibration of Life, important to long term well being?
Oh, it is also a day to day account of a true New Zealand backcountry tramping Little Adventure.
GJ Coop’s tale of tramping what is commonly known as the Alpine Route, ie, Nelson to St Arnaud in the top bit of the South Island in New Zealand. The full 140 km of tree roots and windswept tops. Hugely scenic, inspirational, but lacking in the companionship side of things.
Then, with the weather forecast predicting a continuation of the sublime weather, after re-stocking the supply levels, the trek continued through the Nelson Lakes National Park to the Lewis Pass.
A big 22 days on the hoof!! Nice, hey.
The North-west and Southern Circuit combined tracks end up being quite the challenge, primarily because of the distance, 181 km, together with the need to trudge burdened, at least initially, with a food load for the complete journey, a couple of weeks perhaps, that weather, you get plenty of it, and, for some anyway, the perceived isolation.
Let’s face it, there aren’t many places on Earth, like standing on Doughboy Hill, ie, a bump on the ridge between Doughboy and the Rakeahua valley, where you can look south over to the vast and empty of humanity Tin Range, and realise you might be the last person between civilisation and Antarctica.
Yeah, this is truly an expedition to the perimeter of the inhabited world.
A 14 day solo tramp could well be the full meditation on loneliness, setting out to the more remote sectors of Nelson Lakes National Park, knowing the full unlikelihood of encountering too many others in the travels at this time of the season, ie, mid-autumn.
This ebook is observations from GJ Coop’s 13 day walk of the Larapinta Trail, a 223 km walk straight out west from Alice Springs in Central Australia. He however managed just 132 kilometres, albeit the more scenic parts, and bearing in mind he’d previously acquainted himself with the most spectacular, and final, section a couple of times, climbing Mt Sonder.