A life on Gorge River: New Zealands remotest family by Robert LongI enjoyed the first third of this book which was about the authors growing up and early years living on the Gorge River. I then grew tired of the long seemingly repetitive accounts of the authors sole expeditions and fishing experiences. There were parts such as when the authors mother visited and the birth of their first child which were a welcome relief from authors self indulged accounts. What would have made this book more interesting for me would have the human stories from family. Where were stories from wife, son and daughter? Oh for a detailed map of the area so one could at least follow the authors tramps with a little more interest. More photos would have helped the read also.
Kawarau Gorge Gold Fields Mining Exhibit Highway 8b NEW ZEALAND SOUTH ISLAND
A Life On Gorge River
Most people would consider Antarctica an isolated location, but to field trainer Chris Long, it's positively buzzing with people and activity. The year-old grew up two days' hike from the nearest road at Gorge River, on the South Island's West Coast, with only his sister, mother and father for company. He's spending this summer working on the world's southernmost continent - nearly kilometres away from his old home - and says in comparison, Antarctica is almost too crowded. Living on the West Coast, there were only four of us, whereas here at Scott Base, we have like 90 people on base at the moment," he tells Newshub. Since leaving Gorge River Mr Long has been constantly travelling. Remarkably, this trip is in fact the third time he's visited the continent, and he says it continually lures him back.
Its kind of funny when I look at my life now and my first 17 years. And the other you have a boy growing up in this incredibly special isolated place called Gorge River in South Westland, New Zealand. Check out my video of the hike to Gorge River from the Cascade. Growing up in isolation until the age of 17 has given me such an amazing platform of experiences to build my life on. We lived 2 days hiking from the nearest road by the Tasman Sea and next to the Gorge River mouth.
Robert Long and his family - wife Catherine, and children Christan 17 and Robin 14 - live in complete isolation, in a hut two days' walk south of Haast in South Westland. Robert has lived there for nearly 30 years; Catherine for 20 and the kids all their lives.
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Apparently, all it takes to stun us is a simple recipe of rock flour, melted glacier ice, and river water. We had no idea what to expect but were enjoying our walk through the lush green arched tunnels of vegetation, when we got to the first lookout point and saw that water. The only other time we had seen anything even close to it was last summer at Plitvice National Park in Croatia. But, in Plitvice, we were competing with hundreds of people for a view or a photo and here we had the entire park to ourselves. It was incredible!
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