DiscoverAotearoa Adventures077: Five Days, 85km on Abigail Hannah's First Solo Hike on the Old Ghost Road
077: Five Days, 85km on Abigail Hannah's First Solo Hike on the Old Ghost Road

077: Five Days, 85km on Abigail Hannah's First Solo Hike on the Old Ghost Road

Update: 2024-02-29
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Host Abigail Hannah set out to do the longest hike she'd ever done - solo! Abigail breaks down the how she decided to set out on the Old Ghost Road on her own and all she did to prepare for this. Knowing and preparing her gear was a significant part of the journey to independence and Abigail breaks down her gear list (below). While Abigail absolutely thrived in the first three days of her journey, soaking in and enjoying the beautiful views, the challenges came on day 4 and 5. Abigail's strength and resilience was tested as she struggled physically and mentally, being pushed far out of her comfort zone. She shares the glimmers - moments which brought her joy on the trail, and moments of despair, where tears were the only option. Feeling a huge sense of accomplishment when she finished 85km over 5 days on the Old Ghost Road has inspired Abigail to do some more solo hikes - but perhaps after she's forgotten the pain. Her advice to anyone else wanting to start out solo is to do something smaller and build up to a big trip.




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Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Day 4


Day 5


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Old Ghost Road Packing List


Food: Breakfast (x5 instant oats packets), lunch (x6 OSM all-terrain apricot bars), dinner (x5 Back Country Cuisine meals (Spicy Beef Nachos, Thai Chicken Curry, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Fettuccine) and Apple Pie) (ad), snacks (dried mango, jerky sticks, nut mix - in separate zip-lock bags for each day).


Clothes: Merino singlet baselayer, x2 merino long-sleeve top, merino leggings, polyester leggings, lightweight easy-dry shorts, x3 merino socks, beanie, thin polyester gloves, x6 undies, x2 bras, baseball cap, puffer jacket, micro puffer vest.


Gear: Osprey Eja 48 womens hiking pack, LOWA Lady Light goretex hiking boots (ad), warfighter athletic raincoat, rain pants, macpac hiking poles, Black Diamond head torch, rented PLB.


Other: Toiletries (sunscreen, moisturiser, toothbrush, toothpaste, lipbalm), first aid kit (x3 bandaids, crepe bandage, x5 panadol, x5 brufen, x6 antihistamine tablet, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream, x4 blister bandaids, hikers wool, tape), tech (kindle, phone, powerbank, charger, airpods).

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077: Five Days, 85km on Abigail Hannah's First Solo Hike on the Old Ghost Road

077: Five Days, 85km on Abigail Hannah's First Solo Hike on the Old Ghost Road

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