ISBN: 9781991001399

Epic

NZD $49.99 Tax Included

Adventures across Aotearoa

Out now in Australia & New Zealand. Coming to the rest of the world in April 2024


Over the years, countless sea kayakers, climbers and alpine trampers have attempted journeys across New Zealand’s incredible landscape. In Epic, the stories of a dozen memorable Kiwi explorers are brought together, with detailed maps, backstories and stunning images. From the first traverse of the Southern Alps, to the nineteen-year-old who travelled 8000km of coastline, Epic is a testament to endurance, and a reminder to get out there and experience the wild, stunning places of our planet.

Specifications: Hardback | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6 in | 264 Pages | Coloured Photographs & Maps


Watch some of the interviews conducted by author Ray Salisbury:

“feel the earth beneath [your] bare feet. The beach and bush beckon…”

New Zealand is a country synonymous with epic adventure. Over the years, countless sea kayakers, climbers and alpine trampers have attempted journeys across its stunning landscape, and many more dream of following in their tracks. In Epic, the stories of a dozen memorable Kiwi explorers are brought together to form a tribute to the spirit of adventure.

It is difficult to comprehend the scale of the journeys of the featured explorers, but author Ray Salisbury brings them to life with detailed maps, backstories, and narratives that fail to hide his own passion for adventure. From Graeme Dingle and Jill Tremain attempting the first traverse of the Southern Alps, to the nineteen-year-old ‘wildboy’ who lived off the land as he paddled, walked and swam 8000km of coastline, this is a showcase of the intrepid.

Seasoned explorer or armchair traveller, prepare to be awed and inspired by Epic. It doesn’t shy away from the realities of boundary-pushing adventure, with accounts of physical and mental battles, near-disasters, and sadly several mentions of those lost their lives in the wild. But with deep lows come impossible highs, in this exploration of what makes an epic adventurer.

In a world full of distractions, Epic is a reminder to get out there and experience the wild, stunning places of our planet – they are waiting.

Ray Salisbury began a lifelong passion for photography and tramping in the early 1970s. He was introduced to camping, hiking and kayaking by the Boys’ Brigade. In 1977 he walked the Heaphy Track in Northwest Nelson with his father. Later, he qualified with a degree in graphic design and photography at AUT in Auckland.

During the 1990s Ray began leading trips into the backcountry, accompanied by his friends. These private adventures culminated in a solo 80-day traverse of the North Island mountain ranges, starting at East Cape and ending at Cape Egmont. This epic formed the narrative of his first book, Cape to Cape, self-published in 1997.

Prior to entering teacher’s college in 2000, Ray was assistant editor of Wilderness magazine for a year. Since then, he has been a regular contributor. When Ray and his wife moved to Nelson, he joined the Nelson Tramping Club, becoming editor of the club journal for a decade.

In 2020, Ray’s second book was published by Potton and Burton. Titled Tableland – the history behind Mt Arthur, the book is a social history of the eastern part of Kahurangi National Park. In 2022 he self-published a picture book on Nelson with a concise historical overview woven through the pages.

Ray currently works as a photographer, videographer and writer as well as teaching photography. He continues to write about epic adventures in New Zealand.

Books+Publishing
“A fast-paced dramatic account of authentic experiences of survival and endurance”


Age Concern
From the first traverse of the Southern Alps, to the nineteen-year-old who travelled 8000km of coastline, Epic is a testament to endurance, and a reminder to get out there and experience the wild, stunning places of our planet.


Motorhomes, Caravans & Destinations
This awesome read is a timely reminder that New Zealand offers much to celebrate and explore – in your own way and own time.


Grownups NZ
“In a world full of distractions, Epic is a reminder to get out there and experience the wild, stunning places of our planet – they are waiting.”

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