Hikers Survive 19 Days Lost in New Zealand Bush

Hikers Survive 19 Days Lost in New Zealand Bush
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On May 9, most New Zealanders were in the midst of an 11-day level 3 lockdown, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But on the same day, two hikers — called trampers here — ignored the restrictions and set off on an expedition that deteriorated into a 19-day survival ordeal in some of New Zealand’s most hostile bush. Jessica O’Connor and Dion Reynolds are typical of Kiwis their age. They exude the trademark free spirit and passion for outdoor adventure. O’Connor is a kayak guide in New Zealand’s famous Abel Tasman National Park. Her employment history lists an enviable array of ski and kayak jobs in both Japan and New Zealand. She’s reportedly gentle, calm and somewhat earthy. Despite hippy-esque qualities, she has plenty of smarts in the outdoors. Reynolds is the more outgoing of the pair, a long-haired chef... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web

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