How to Walk to Mordor Pt 2

2 years ago

Day 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

Comments (18)

  • Chris

    Chris

    1 year ago

    Sounds like an epic adventure for sure. Have fun, be safe and bring plenty of blister supplies!

  • sliipstr3am

    sliipstr3am

    1 year 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?

  • Chris

    Chris

    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 jornal.

    • oda

      oda

      2 years ago

      Thanks a ton Chris, i believe i'll do this next year, actually. I need to go backpacking somewhere :)

  • oda

    oda

    2 years ago

    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...

    • Chris

      Chris

      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

  • minorians

    minorians

    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!

  • MaartenLamme

    MaartenLamme

    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

  • Bradthommo

    Bradthommo

    2 years ago

    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 smiley13.gif

  • MissZahrah

    MissZahrah

    2 years ago

    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

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    Post edited 2/01/13 11:31AM

    • Chris

      Chris

      2 years ago

      That's awesome.

  • ILoveGrapes

    ILoveGrapes

    2 years ago

    YOLO!

  • archrang3r

    archrang3r

    2 years ago

    Amazing work guys. I plan to do it sometime