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A collection of New Zealand tramping writing

Selected by Shaun Barnett

The book

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New Zealanders have produced a rich body of literature about tramping, with writing spanning nearly two centuries and ranging from poetry and songs, journals and newspaper pieces to magazine articles and books.

The pieces in Across the Pass, as selected by Shaun Barnett, range from epic tales to stories of strolls. Some writers celebrate the intricacies of nature and the strong bond forged when facing challenges together, while others talk of treading the trails first pioneered by their ancestors.

All say something about the many textures and colours of the experience we call tramping.

Across the Pass includes writing from New Zealanders such as trampers Mark Pickering and Geoff Spearpoint, writers John Mulgan, David Hill and Elsie Locke, mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, adventurer Graeme Dingle, journalist Elsie K Morton, and poets Blanche Baughan, Sam Hunt and Brian Turner.

Reviews & Interviews

Interview: Shaun Barnett on Stuff

Extract: Mark Pickering in NZ Herald

Extract: Michelle Campbell Read in The Spinoff

Interview: Magic FM

Interview: Nine to Noon

Review: Alison Ballance for Kete Books

Review: Ross Cullen for The Alpine Club

Review: Laura Williamson for 1964


Including: Barbara Anderson, lan Bagnall, Shaun Barnett, Blanche Baughan, James K. Baxter, John C. Beaglehole, Anthony Behrens, Barry Brailsford, Charles Brasch, Rob Brown, Thomas Brunner, Robbie Burton, Michelle Campbell, Geoff Chapple, William Colenso, Barry Crump, Sheila Cunningham, Graeme Dingle, Arthur Dudley Dobson, Charlie Douglas, Norman Elder, Fred Gibbs, Charlie Gifford, Murray Hall, Dave Hansford, Arthur P. Harper, Bob Harvey, Charles Heaphy, David Hill, Edmund Hillary, Ray Hollingsworth, Sam Hunt, Jack Lasenby, Jakob Lauper, Kelvin Lloyd, Elsie Locke, Robert Long, Nic Low, Pete Lusk, Chris Maclean, Jock MacPherson, Pete McGregor, Rosemary McLeod, Julia Millen, George Moir, Les Molloy, Pérrine Moncrieff, Colin Moore, John Mulgan, Sheila Natusch, Geoffrey Orbell, John Pascoe, Mark Pickering, Lawson Pither, Kerry Popplewell, Dick Ratcliff, A.H. Reed, John Rhodes, Louie Roberts, George Augustus Selwyn, Barry Smith, Geoff Spearpoint, John Summers, David Taylor, Philip Temple, Carly Thomas, Brian Turner, Aat Vervoorn, Kennedy Warne, Mary Williams.


Shaun Barnett is an outdoors author, editor and photographer. He has co-authored several books including Tramping: A New Zealand History, Shelter from the Storm: the Story of New Zealand's Backcountry Huts and A Bunk for the Night.

Publication details

Hardback, 230 x 150mm, 372pp, hb, b&w
ISBN 9781990048081, $45

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