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How to Walk to Mordor Pt 2Day 5 was mostly spent heading south on Hwy 32, and there's very little footage of this day because we decided to focus on walking more than shooting. We trekked around mountains for 42 km all the way to the intersection of Hwy 41. Reaching the end of Hwy 32 that day was the second greatest accomplishment of our entire trip. It meant that we could potentially legitimately finish the journey. You can actually see us collapse at the end of the road for a break at 10:15 minutes into Episode 3. But we weren't finished yet. We pushed eastward down Hwy 42 for another 6 km or so before stopping for the night. Normally, you would head west at the intersection to get to Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom), but we were forced to take the shortcut through private property in order to reach our goal in time.

Day 6 we trespassed and headed south along some private farm and forestry roads. We would not suggest doing this. It's definitely illegal, and we could have been kicked out, fined or even arrested. Thankfully, though, we made it past the farmland, through the cut down forest and reached S Hwy 47. We pressed on south-west down that road for another 10k, stopped at a cafe to refill water and order milkshakes (worst milkshakes in the world) and then set up camp.

Day 7 we woke up at 3 a.m. for the final stretch. We continued down Hwy 47 until we reached Mangatepopo Rd. Our biggest fear at this point was someone stopping us from going to the mountain. Thankfully, we made it past the blockade before any forest rangers arrived, so we headed up the 6 to 7 km stretch toward Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Once we arrived there, we started climbing the actual mountain. We went up about 2 to 3 km before we reached the spot where we buried the ring. And then of course we had to walk another 11 km or so back down the mountain.

And so that's how we chose to walk to Mount Doom. Nick planned this route, and I think it was a great mix of efficiency and interesting locations. We went over farmland, up rivers and mountains, along the road, cut a few corners and finally arrived at our destination. While we constantly walked up and down hill, in total our elevation rose about 1500ft from the start to the end of our trip.

It was truly one of the best experiences of my life, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to do it, especially with such great friends. For those brave enough to attempt the walk themselves, good luck. For everyone else: I hope you enjoyed our journey!

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
-J.R.R Tolkien
2 years ago  |  Comments (15)
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This is all amazing, Chris. Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us.
#1  Posted 2 years ago
This is a trip that's definitely going on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing Chris!
#2  Posted 2 years ago
tuxedojerich Sponsor
Most people barely walk a mile at a time, let alone hoofing it 130 miles. The only thing (and you addressed in episode 5) is that you need to train very hard to do attempt a feet like that.

The most impressive thing is that you guys were able to do this and not be in the shape of a top athlete. Just think now that you guys walked the equivalent of 6 marathons in 6 days. A lot of people (especially ones that work on computers and work for an internet company) wouldn't be able to get to walk one marathon.

Hats off to you two (and Nick) for having the balls and determination to do that.
#3  Posted 2 years ago
You, sir, are bold. I salute you for doing what I cannot.
#4  Posted 2 years ago
Tropes FutureTexan
Someday I'll do it too. Probably won't trespass or anything, but it's on the list.
#5  Posted 2 years ago
Amazing work guys. I plan to do it sometime
#6  Posted 2 years ago
#7  Posted 2 years ago
MissZahrah Lokid
In Honour of your remarkable achievement *bleep bloop*

(to the tune of 99 Luftballons)

Bilbo had a birthday fling
Left me Bag-End and his Ring
Now Gandalf says to go to Bree
Merry, Sam and Pip go with me
With the Nazgul on our tail
Pippin drinkin lots of ale
And now he's telling everything
Woops! I just put on the ring!

Off to Mordor with a ring
So much fuss for just a small thing
Boromir, the Steward's son
Cant stand Aragorn and then some
Legolas and Gimli fight
But they make up and it's alright
Rope's what Sam forgets to bring
Now I'm off to Mordor with a ring

Into Moria we go
Gandalf falls into the shadow
So we all run out again
And end up in Lothlorien
Galadriel, she's pretty cool
Let's me view her magic pool
Then all the Elves begin to sing
And I'm off to Mordor with a ring

Boating down the Anduin
There's statues of some really tall men
Boromir starts to get mean
Causes quite an ungly scene
I disappear and run away
I never liked him anyway
He takes back what he just said
But then he goes and winds up dead

Merry and Pip snagged by Orcs
Honestly! Those two are such dorks
Legolas and Aragorn
And Gimli follow them to Fangorn
Meanwhile me and Sam sneak off
To the others, Mozel Tov
With my mithril shirt and Sting
I'm off to Mordor with a ring

Post edited 2/01/13 11:31AM
#8  Posted 2 years ago
That's awesome.
#1  Posted 2 years ago
Bradthommo Sponsor
well done to both of you, I could not imagine walking that distance ever. How little I knew when I met you a Supanova in Adelaide that you would be taking on such a awesome task.
Hat's off to you
#9  Posted 2 years ago
For the moment i am in new zealand and i am planning to do the same trip as you guys in 1-2 weeks. I have no support what so ever and i need to carry al my stuff with me. Now the most importend question i wanted to know, if there is enough water along the way to keep me going for 7 days. So are there any supermarkets, watertaps or something else on route you guys have taken. Thx maarten
#10  Posted 2 years ago
I plan on doing almost a year of training before I embark on this journey. Gotta get my lung muscles up cuz there won't endless supplies of inhalers on the path to Mt Doom. But it shall be done some day. Thanks for all the info!
#11  Posted 2 years ago
oda Soldier
Is there a route for Google Maps for this? I seem to be unable to find one, i'd actually do this route. Or perhaps a GPS coordinate sheet...
#12  Posted 2 years ago
Here's a rough Google maps link of our trip.. This isn't exact though because google maps could not place routes when we went over farmland and through trails. You can probably put it all together using this link and my journal. Hope this helps!

Post edited 6/13/13 5:20PM
#1  Posted 2 years ago
Chris Cast & Crew
Here's a rough Google maps link of our trip.. This isn't exact though because google maps could not place routes when we went over farmland and through trails. You can probably put it all together using this link and my jornal.
#13  Posted 2 years ago
oda Soldier
Thanks a ton Chris, i believe i'll do this next year, actually. I need to go backpacking somewhere :)
#1  Posted 2 years ago
I'm looking at taking your journey to a whole new level at the beginning of next year, travelling 1000 kilometres from Hobbiton (Matamata) to Bree (Seatoun, Wellington) to Rivendell (Kaitoke Regional Park, Upper Hutt) to Mount Doom (Mount Ngauruhoe) and climbing the mountain to throw the ring into the "fires" before heading back to Hobbiton again for a pint. Is there any advice or help you can give me for my journey? Would you even like to join me to film a season 2 seeing as everybody loved the series so much?
#14  Posted 1 year ago
Chris Cast & Crew
Sounds like an epic adventure for sure. Have fun, be safe and bring plenty of blister supplies!
#15  Posted 1 year ago
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