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Sarah Williams - Reflections & Learnings from the 3,000km Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand.

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Hey Hey, it's Sarah Williams from the Tough Girl Podcast, and I'm thrilled to share with you my latest solo episode reflecting on my unforgettable journey hiking the 3,000km Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand.

Sponsored by Zoleo #ChallengeWithZOLEO, this episode dives deep into the highs, lows, and everything in between of my epic adventure.

Join me as I address questions from listeners about a wide range of topics, including solo hiking as a woman, hitchhiking, hygiene, nutrition, and more. I share it all.

I'll take you on a journey through the stunning landscapes of both the North and South Islands, highlighting memorable moments like canoeing adventures and breathtaking views on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or dreaming of your first big adventure, this episode offers inspiration, practical advice, and a glimpse into the transformative power of outdoor exploration.

Listen now and be inspired to take on your next personal challenge or adventure.

You can listen to the planning and preparation episode HERE


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Show notes

  • Intro

  • Sponsored by Zoleo #ChallengeWithZOLEO 

  • Who am I? 

  • The challenge - to hike 3,000km on the Te Araroa Trail

  • Planning & Preparation episode 2nd November 2023

  • Why it’s not your typical wilderness thru hike

  • North Island Stats 

  • Questions from listeners, tribe members etc

  • Safety for a solo women - men on the trail, wild camping, hitching

  • Hitching

  • Purist and EFK (Every F***king Km)

  • Inov8 trainers - get a 15% discount here 

  • Trail Angels V Trail Entrepreneurs 

  • Koha V Donations

  • Enjoyment of the North Island

  • Canoeing 

  • Highlights - Timber Trail, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Colonial Knob Walkway

  • Costs from the North Island 

  • Reaching Wellington and having a Christmas break

  • South Island 1st January 2024 - 6th March 2024

  • Planning…. Verses being spontaneous

  • Breaking down the challenging days

  • Rivers in New Zealand

  • Hiking in Wales, Tryfan and Welsh 3000s 

  • TA - Navigation and GPS

  • Whittakers Creamy Caramel Chocolate 

  • Food, resupply, bounce boxes, being gluten free

  • Wildlife encounters, sandflies 

  • Hygiene - Pee, Poo Periods

  • Equipment - loves and hates

  • Department of Conservation (DOC) Hut pass  

  • Highlights from the trail

  • Advice for hiking the trail

  • TA Resources page on the Tough Girl Website 

  • Final stats 

  • Regrets

  • Learnings

  • What’s next 


Previous Challenge Solo Episodes 


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Instagram: @toughgirlchallenges  


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