About the Book
‘From Peak to Peak’ is the inspiring true story of the first human-powered journey from the summit of Mt Ruapehu (2797m) in New Zealand to the summit of Aoraki/Mt Cook (3750m).
In early 2013, Kiwi mountaineer Grant ‘Axe’ Rawlinson came up with the idea of making this unique journey. From the ‘Peak’ of the North Island to the ‘Peak’ of the South Island.
However he faced some challenges. He had limited time, limited money and limited equipment. What he did have in abundance was motivation. So in December 2013 together with climbing partner Alan Silva, without support craft or vehicles, within the limits of their annual leave, on a tiny budget, with borrowed bicycles, climbing gear and an inflatable kayak they set-off. Their chances of success were incredibly small. Together they climbed, cycled and paddled their way through and over and up some of New Zealand’s toughest and most rugged terrain. Until on December 22nd, 2013 they stood on the summit of Aoraki/Mt Cook, 22 days and 3 hours after leaving the summit of Mt Ruapehu. The entire 1400km journey between undertaken using solely their own human power.
‘From Peak to Peak’ is the inspiring and entertaining story of the two men’s journey. From the freezing winds of Mt Ruapehu, through the rapids of the Whanganui River and the huge swells of the Cook Strait, along the rolling hills of the South Island and the deadly slopes of Aoraki/Mt Cook.
“In an age of adventure which is all too packaged, sponsored, televised, and worse, “guided” by experts, “Peak to Peak” is a rare account of a refreshing attitude towards tackling the oceans and the mountains on their own terms. Rawlinson’s adventure, where the eventual outcome was always in doubt until the final moments, is an inspiring read”
– David Lim, Leader of the first Singapore Mr Everest Expedition
” Explorers are a dying breed…I’m told…but, hey, think of two great New Zealand peaks and an ugly stretch of water between them and dare to dream of making one tough overland journey and you have Grant ‘Axe’s quest…undertaken with a mate…helluva trip…great read!”
– Colin Monteath, Polar and mountain photographer Hedgehog House
“Entertaining and Insightful. From Peak to Peak captures the essence of why adventure is important to the human spirit and proves that great challenges can be achieved on even the most shoestring budget.”
– Andrew Lock, OAM, Australian Geographic Society Adventurer of the year and the 1st Commonwealth mountaineer to climb all 14 of the worlds 8000m peaks