Pat Nolan grew up on the West Coast of New Zealand and describes his outdoorsy family. From a young age, he would accompany his father on deer hunting trips into the backcountry. In this episode, Pat shares about the Three Passes Route from Arthur’s Pass to Hokitika with his daughter over Harman Pass, Whitehorn Pass and Browning Pass. With a sudden change in weather, they had an awfully long day out of the Styx Valley, route finding with multiple river crossings, before eventually getting out to the carpark at 11pm. Pat’s favourite moments were watching his daughter’s delight around each corner as she experienced the hike for the first time. We also talk about his Te Araroa expedition and the challenges Pat faced after suffering from inner ear and balance issues. Pat’s resilience is evident as he focused on the positives of Te Araroa, rather than the sore knees or bruises.
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