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High Five-0 Challenge Day 43 - Maungatautari: A special day

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Every day on the High Five-0 is a special day (all together now: aawwww!) but today was special for multiple reasons.

Mal had been looking forward to climbing Maungatautari since day leader Tim Day first suggested including it in the High Five-0 itinerary.

High Five-0 Challenge Day 42 – Pirongia: Harder than rattling buckets

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If someone tells you it took them 11 hours to run a marathon, you probably assume they didn't have a very good time.

It took Mal 11 hours to do a full 42km traverse of Pirongia and, when I asked him about it, he described it as "fun". I waited for him to add "just kidding, it was awful" but that never happened.

High Five-0 Challenge Day 41 – Pureora: Cake with a view

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It had been a long time since Mal had felt "close to desperate" on the trails. This time, he's neither sick nor injured but tiredness is starting to get to him.

High Five-0 Challenge Day 40 (Plan B) – Fanthams Peak: A day in the cloud

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For the first time since the beginning of the challenge, Mal and his support runners set off without knowing which peak they were going to bag. Taranaki was the main plan but the forecast was for gales with a chance of choosing another peak in favour of being blown off a giant mountain.

High Five-0 Challenge Day 39 (Plan B) – Pouakai: It’s all in your head

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As Mal negotiated every step along the tricky descent through the bush from the top of Pouakai, he kept thinking about how this was just a glimpse into what he's got coming in the next few days of the challenge.

High Five-0 Challenge Day 38 (Plan B) - Pukeonake: Respecting the mountains

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The disappointment in the eyes of some of the support runners when the change of plans was being discussed was one of those "you had to be there" situations.

As they sat around the motel room, before the sun was even up, Mal weighed the options for the day, as cyclone Pam wreaked havoc outside.

High Five-0 Challenge Day 37 - Mt Ruapehu: Reaching new heights

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I'd mentioned to Mal that these blogs could do with a bit more action and, being the kind and considerate man that he is (he's reading this, you know), he obliged today and came out of Ruapehu with some stories to tell.

High Five-0 Challenge Day 35 – Hawkins Hill: Capital trails

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"You cannot be sure you're going to succeed, but what you've got to do is beat the weak voice that comes into your head when you're really knackered."

High Five-0 Challenge Day 34 – Mt McRae: The long running buffet

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Pizza, brownies, cookies, Toffee Pops, nougat, sausage rolls... it sounds like I'm describing the table at an eight year old's birthday party but I'm just listing some of the things Mal ate while on his run today.


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