Story: Tramping

Swing bridge

Swing bridge

This bridge is strung across a stream on the Rakiura Track on Stewart Island. Such bridges save trampers from getting their boots and socks wet, and allow them to cross a river when it is in flood. On popular tracks most river crossings are bridged, but even small creeks can become swollen after a few hours of rain. It is always risky to cross a flooded creek or river – this is the most common cause of death for trampers.

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Carl Walrond, 'Tramping - Tracks and huts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015