New Zealand: Fjordland: 06/04/04: unprepared walker

At the DOC, I just read that an Israelian tramper (“tramping” is what “walking” is called in NZ) had to be evacuated by helicopter from the Routeburn track (having hypothermia). She was totally unprepared for walking here (weather is never stable and it can go from sunshine to snow). She was wearing sneakers (no walking boots), cotton (t-shirts, jeans, sweater), no thermal clothes, no raincoat. When the DOC and hut guards warned the group that she was not wel-prepared for the walk, they replied that it wouldn’t be a problem as they had just finnished their army training in Israel.
I would call this pretty arrogant to ignore advise from people that know the area so well.


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