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Mark Pickering was born in England but took root in New Zealand, and has had a physical and emotional commitment to the hills honed over 30 years. He's explored many forgotten landscapes, holed up in solitary old musterers' huts, and mulled over the left-over ruins of people who lived on and worked the lands long before he ever got there. The back country is an open-air book of history once you tune your eyes to the landscape. Twenty walking and tramping guidebooks later, Mark still finds himself looking at each place he visits with fresh eyes. He has made his living out of the mountains, and counts himself lucky that he never passed that bank manager's exam. Mark lives in Christchurch with his partner, Rachel Barker, and their daughter Alexandra.


"With lots of fascinating history and folkore, this is a valuable record of historical interest." --Wanganui Chronicle
"Tiny huts and their occupants in the shadows of grand New Zealand landscapes become astonishing characterful as a result of Mark Pickering's research." --Ken Fraser, Press

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