Adam Chambers prepares to walk New Zealand to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation. photo by Peter McIntosh.
A dislocated arm may have slowed him down but Adam Chambers
is still determined to walk the length of New Zealand to
raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation.
The Australian live audio technician has given himself eight
months to walk New Zealand's Te Araroa trail - a continuous
3000km tramping track from Cape Reinga to Bluff - while
raising money for the foundation which helps restore eyesight
in developing countries.
''I wanted to support a visual impairment charity. I've lived
all my life with glasses or contacts as I had amblyopia (lazy
Mr Chambers (22) also strongly believed in equality and that
the work of the Fred Hollows Foundation gave people in the
Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia access to treatment they
would otherwise not get.
He was due to start his walk last week, but a cycling
accident on the way down Dunedin's Mt Cargill derailed plans
that had been a year in the making.
''I flipped over the handlebars and landed on my arm. There
was a fair bit of crunching but I'm so grateful it wasn't
He gave himself five days for the arm to heal and planned to
start his walk in Bluff on Thursday.
It involved spending three to six-day stretches in the back
country, stopping in towns in between to restock for the next
Fully stocked, his pack weighed 23kg, with an average weight
of 19kg, including water, food and camping gear.
He had added to the challenge with a diversion in the North
Island for a five-day canoeing trip.
''All up, it's about six months worth of walking days, but
I've given myself eight months for the trip.''
He was carrying a personal locater beacon and cellphone and
planned to check in regularly with a friend.
From Bluff, he would head to Te Anau, then Queenstown, before
continuing up trails to the east of the Southern Alps.
''I want to see as much of this country as possible. I love
His journey can be followed on www.rambleon.co.