Alix-in-the-Wild: Te Araroa Trail

Alix de Lamotte, Is a French globetrotter, mechanical engineer and naval architect, who grew up in the French Alps.  She is, ‘Super keen about technology and performance in sports.’

Her enthusiasm, resourcefulness and  love of people led her to move to New Zealand.   Here one of her ‘incredible experiences,’  included working in Emirates Team New Zealand, and winning the America’s cup sailing race in 2017. Until Covid, she mainly worked in the race yacht field.

Craving new challenges, and in lockdown, she planned a new adventure: the Te Araroa trail. This is New Zealand’s longest tramping route at 3,000 kilometres, spanning the length of the North and South Islands. Tramping the full length of the trail takes four to six months.

Searching for support with  gear, food and or budget Alix contacted Earth Sea Sky, ‘..because I appreciate both the quality of your gears and the philosophy of sustainability and 100% NZ made.’


Alix’s wardrobe:

Waterproof Jacket                                       Zeal Guide
Waterproof Pants                                        Vent X Overtrousers
Undergarments                                            Crop Top and Merino Boxers
Next-to-skin                                                  Power Dry T
Next-to-skin & Sun protection                   Silk Weight Long Sleeve
Next-to-skin thermal bottoms                   Spider Leggings
Trousers                                                        Flash
Next-to-skin/next layer                               Stealth
Thermal warmth                                          Helium
Feet                                                                Trekker socks
Head                                                              Merino Beanie
Neck                                                               Ninja

Note: New Zealanders would usually choose Taslan or Fast Track shorts to tramp in but Alix prefers trousers ‘European DNA deeply in me!’ 

You can follow Alix’s journey on Facebook and Instagram.