Cookie spent weeks before we came over painstakingly drawing out the routes we might take over A4 slices of the Topo50 maps of NZ. It’s amazing that, unlike the UK, they let you download the whole country for free! So for every possible section we might decide to detour too he’s marked out every twist and turn across the entire county. Essential kit, and a monumental effort. Amazing work Cookie!
Apparently the first bloke to make his way up this valley (looking for trees to chop down) rode up on a thourghbred called ‘Jumbo’, it seems Jumbo got left up here somehow and the place has been known as Jumboland ever since :) We’re not actually lost in Jumboland, the track just disappears across these big meadows so we’re just checking what direction to head in.