An experienced tramper with decades of experience in the Tararua Range believes there is still a chance that a man missing in the bush since late last week could be found alive, writes Paul Williams.

Darren Myers, 49, set out alone last week to cross the Tararua Range from Levin to Mt Holdsworth in the Wairarapa. He was expected out on Saturday, but never arrived.

Levin-Waiopehu Tramping Club officer Noel Bigwood, who was a search and rescue volunteer with 42 years experience in the Tararua Range, said it was possible the missing Wellington man had hunkered down and was waiting