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25 October 2019      Jordan

 

Hi! Welcome to the historic moment of Nelson Trails’ first blog post…

I’ll begin with a quick introduction. I started this Nelson Trails website about four years ago. The idea was born out of my dissatisfaction for the track information available online at the time. I knew that Nelson-Tasman has a strong case for being the track and trail ‘mecca’ of New Zealand (there are more than 600 km of traversable tracks and five tramping huts within 20 km of the Church Steps alone), but there was a lack of comprehensive resource that covered all of them in detail. The information that I could find was often outdated or incomplete, and I also found that the websites and guidebooks that were available tended to focus solely on a single pursuit, i.e. either only MTB or only tramping, which is limiting if you’re trying to see what all the options are. I thought, well, if no-one else is doing it, why don’t I have a go? Having absolutely no idea how to build a website, I figured I’d at least learn something, and having to head out into the bush and doing a bit of writing didn’t sound too bad to me.

I’ve always been fascinated by the region’s geography (which lead to my profession), and the latter is intrinsic to the tracks that traverse it. Having grown up walking, running, riding and tramping across the top of the south, I felt reasonably ‘qualified’ to write with some sense of authority. There were many tracks and trips I hadn’t done in years, so building the site became an incentive to re-familiarise myself with them, i.e. “go run this trail so you can write about it!”. It’s certainly not the worst concept; the tasks of recording route data, and taking a few photos and field notes are hardly a chore.

The website has gradually improved in parallel with my skills, and I’ve added trails when I’ve had the time to do so Things became quite difficult when I had to shift to Wellington for work not long after I started it. But having most of my family still in Nelson has meant frequent trips back across the strait (‘straight’ in the literal sense too; my place in Hataitai, Wellington is exactly the same latitude (to the metre) as my family home in Monaco, Nelson). Tired of office life, I’ve decided to leave my job and take some time off back home before I get some more overseas travelling under my belt. This will give me my time back to tick off the long list of adventures that I haven’t been able to do. It also means I’ll hopefully be able to keep adding to the site! There’s still a lot to do…

I’m a wee bit late for a blog to be a novel thing, and admittedly I find their concept slightly strange; you have to be confident that what you have to say is interesting enough for people to want to read! Comparatively, writing trail descriptions is reasonably straight-forward, as the style is factual and objective (though still daunting in that people trust what you write, so you better make sure you’re right!). Perhaps after re-reading what I’ve written and suffering cringe-overload, or through the embarrassment of complete lack of views, I’ll decide that starting a blog wasn’t a good idea… though all things going well I’ll try to post something new every week or two. I’m mainly keen to post trip reports as well as thoughts and other bits of information I think are worth sharing. I’ve also managed to enable commenting on this blog section (a functionality that has so far eluded me in coding the rest of the website), so please share your own thoughts, stories and feedback!

Until next time, happy outdoors-ing!

 

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Gidday

25 October 2019      Jordan

 

Hi! Welcome to the historic moment of Nelson Trails’ first blog post…

I’ll begin with a quick introduction. I started this Nelson Trails website about four years ago. The idea was born out of my dissatisfaction for the track information available online at the time. I knew that Nelson-Tasman has a strong case for being the track and trail ‘mecca’ of New Zealand (there are more than 600 km of traversable tracks and five tramping huts within 20 km of the Church Steps alone), but there was a lack of comprehensive resource that covered all of them in detail. The information that I could find was often outdated or incomplete, and I also found that the websites and guidebooks that were available tended to focus solely on a single pursuit, i.e. either only MTB or only tramping, which is limiting if you’re trying to see what all the options are. I thought, well, if no-one else is doing it, why don’t I have a go? Having absolutely no idea how to build a website, I figured I’d at least learn something, and having to head out into the bush and doing a bit of writing didn’t sound too bad to me.

I’ve always been fascinated by the region’s geography (which lead to my profession), and the latter is intrinsic to the tracks that traverse it. Having grown up walking, running, riding and tramping across the top of the south, I felt reasonably ‘qualified’ to write with some sense of authority. There were many tracks and trips I hadn’t done in years, so building the site became an incentive to re-familiarise myself with them, i.e. “go run this trail so you can write about it!”. It’s certainly not the worst concept; the tasks of recording route data, and taking a few photos and field notes are hardly a chore.

The website has gradually improved in parallel with my skills, and I’ve added trails when I’ve had the time to do so Things became quite difficult when I had to shift to Wellington for work not long after I started it. But having most of my family still in Nelson has meant frequent trips back across the strait (‘straight’ in the literal sense too; my place in Hataitai, Wellington is exactly the same latitude (to the metre) as my family home in Monaco, Nelson). Tired of office life, I’ve decided to leave my job and take some time off back home before I get some more overseas travelling under my belt. This will give me my time back to tick off the long list of adventures that I haven’t been able to do. It also means I’ll hopefully be able to keep adding to the site! There’s still a lot to do…

I’m a wee bit late for a blog to be a novel thing, and admittedly I find their concept slightly strange; you have to be confident that what you have to say is interesting enough for people to want to read! Comparatively, writing trail descriptions is reasonably straight-forward, as the style is factual and objective (though still daunting in that people trust what you write, so you better make sure you’re right!). Perhaps after re-reading what I’ve written and suffering cringe-overload, or through the embarrassment of complete lack of views, I’ll decide that starting a blog wasn’t a good idea… though all things going well I’ll try to post something new every week or two. I’m mainly keen to post trip reports as well as thoughts and other bits of information I think are worth sharing. I’ve also managed to enable commenting on this blog section (a functionality that has so far eluded me in coding the rest of the website), so please share your own thoughts, stories and feedback!

Until next time, happy outdoors-ing!

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