If you arrive at a final destination, it’s a sign that you’ve set your sights too low.

Friedrich Nietzsche
It’s difficult now trying to picture the person I’ll be on, two or five months from now. But on a long hike, who we are is about recovering from who we think we are.
The Blissful Hiker sets her Garmin inReach GPS to "starting my trip."
The great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wants us to be wanderers, “though not as a traveler to a final destination: for this destination does not exist.”


  1. Faye Kennedy

    Thanks for the great post! Did you use your inreach mini for messaging throughout the Te Araroa? I am debating getting one but have heard that you can’t always get a signal, especially in the Richmond range.

    • alison young

      Thanks for the note, Faye. You most definitely want some sort of locator beacon on the TA and, in my opinion, on any solo trek. The only time my signal was spotty was when in thick canopy or deep canyons. It operates by satellite, so you will nearly always have signal. The advantage of the inreach is two way communication. Let me know if you have more questions.

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