TA update: going up! – again

I received a short message from Alison:

“Nelson Lakes conquered. Heading back up to miss rain. More in a week”

She sent it after arriving in Boyle Village to find very limited connectivity. It came in via satelite to my email. I thought I should explain a bit of the behind the scenes technology we are using to stay in touch. While making plans for this journey, I encouraged her to purchase a GPS tracking device with satellite communication. It allows me to follow her movements each day.

She can send a message when she starts and stops hiking and the unit automatically updates her position (currently in 2 hour intervals) as she moves along. It also has an emergency SOS button that will deploy search and rescue if needed which is, of course, my favorite feature! And we can send short messages back and forth as a backup to email when no cell service or wifi are available. Something I took advantage of to make sure she had a birthday greeting waiting for her last month.

So, she is on the move again in the most remote region she has encountered so far. The ‘posse’ she has joined for this section of the trail decided to keep moving to get ahead of the forecasted rain. Rain that swells the river and makes the myriad crossings more challenging. We will have to wait a few more days for the NZ eye candy and engrossing narrative we have come to expect.


Reader Comments

  1. I am truly amazed at the communications technology you have established. It’s nice to know there is always communication even in a dark spot. It was also nice to see a map which helped place her on the island.

  2. Thank you so much for updating! I have been thinking of her for days as many have I’m sure. So glad to know she is with others too.

  3. Thanks Richard. We were getting a little concerned as we hadn’t heard from Alison for a while.
    All the very best to you. We look forward to hopefully seeing you and Alison in South Africa soon. Gail & Peter

  4. Thanks, Richard for updating us all. Since getting into the habit of daily updates, and having had the good fortune to provide respite for Alison on her hike, it’s strange to not be hearing about her exploits and progress on a daily basis. I trusted she was fine, but it is always good to know. We in Nelson are usually sheltered from the worst of the South Island weather and it hasn’t been nearly as bad as forecast, still, winds have been very strong, and even in the best of weather, the hike from Nelson Lakes to Boyle River has many challenges. We continue to be in awe of her fortitude and wonderful writing.

  5. Thanks, Richard, for the tech how-to update. It’s good to know how—and that—it works in places and times when mobile phone options don’t. You are both brave souls! Karen

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