42ude photos

postheadericon What is Project 42ude?

“Project 42ude” (pronounced forty-tude) is the expedition title for an unprecedented, coast-to-coast, on-foot crossing of New Zealand´s South Island, following the 42nd parallel. This parallel was selected for its continuously mountainous nature and associated physical challenge. The number 42 is also heralded as the answer to “the meaning of life the universe and everything” (ref: Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) and so the project may have a significance that is yet to be realised…

Our expedition was predominantly off-trail, covering almost 300 km of terrain with approximately 19 km of vertical ascent. Project 42ude showcases some of the most spectacular coastal, forest and alpine scenery that NZ has to offer, traversing Paparoa National Park, Victoria Forest Park, Nelson Lakes National Park, and the Inward and Seaward Kaikoura Ranges, almost entirely within designated wilderness areas and high-country station land. Our line involved sections of moderate scrambling, numerous pass and peak ascents (including Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku at 2885 m) and miles of world-class bushwhacking. We used a latitude tolerance of +/- 4 minutes from the 42nd parallel to link valleys, ridgelines, prominent peaks and trail sections to create an enjoyable and exciting route that we hope will inspire future latitude-focused adventures.

Fun 42 Fact
In radio "ten-code" 10-42 means "Ending Tour of Duty" - or off duty!
June 2019
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