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  • Strategic review of Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    heavy thunderstorms forecast for the crossing this afternoon with hail... this could get interesting...
  • Record trampers putting pressure on DOC

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    I have been there twice overnight and both times bikers were tenting but using the hut. I wonder if it may have been the fact that they had lugged one ...
  • Saving Native forests from logging

    It must make them feel good that the forests are still standing and attracting tourists e.g. Pureora. My sister hung out with NFAC back in the day.
  • Suggestion.....

    Great rant from J.C!
  • Incidents in the mountains

    Interesting about getting lost as opposed to stopping and retracing back to where you weren't lost: Frank and I were coming down from Worsley Pass to the Poulter years ago. I ...
  • Wild Camping in national Parks

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    I wouldn't have minded paying either @Ian_H but all booked out when I wanted to go... very weird it's signposted 'Howden Campsite' and no mention of it being called that ...
  • New Zealand's Great Tramps

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    ........ or economists with financial crises.
  • Norovirus heads north

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    Bleach (chlorine) is the stuff to kill Norovirus if you're disinfecting surfaces / hands. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norovirus#Prevention
  • Sylvia Flats

    If sand flies are your thing deepriver I don't think you will be disappointed in the Upper Hope. Incidentally there is another hot spring at the Half Way Hut in the ...
  • Should NZ's Great Walks be privately-run?

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    Very thorough and timely article. Funny, Frank and I were on a track yesterday and we were surprised to see signs that others had been on it recently too - ...
  • shelter expectations in NZ..

    Last night I made a mistake as the forecast was for NE winds and rain in Auckland. Assuming the West coast would be relatively sheltered I walked into Pararaha valley ...
  • Wanted: Solid navigation training!

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    Rogaining can be a good way to practice navigation, especially at night. It can require repeated navigation decisions every 5 minutes, as oppposed to every 5 hours sometimes when tramping...theres ...
  • River crossing practise locations near Chch?

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    Well, it's been raining today so it wouldn't have run. I see it's for current members. If you sign up hastily, hopefully they will allow you on the course!
  • Outdoorsman Alan Simmons fights DoC campfire prose

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    It's a big problem in the USA as conifer roots can catch alight.
  • Emergency shelter, the experiment

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    Yes, I noticed I didn't get an option for the sizing. It's on its way...
  • Wanted: River crossing practise on short notice!

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    Didn't feel condescending to me by the way, just a misunderstanding.
  • Woman flees rampaging possum

    Head shot from the front at a slight downwards angle and there wouldnt be much to complain about.Can we use a dum dum bullet please? Seriously anyone complaining should of been ...
  • what is the future of search and rescue?

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    its not necessarily about how bad your injury is at the time you are making a decision about calling for a rescue... its about what are the complications if you ...
  • Leaving car in carpark overnight-Waitawheta

    Thanks Dodgydave. Looking foward to this experience.
  • Stand by, stand by.....

    High team! Merry Christmas and all that jazz. Hope you're having a cracker of a festive season! I've been a bit absent recently, but for a reason.... Firstly, I just went back ...
  • Beyond The Edge

    Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 https://www.tvnz.co.nz/ondemand/beyond-the-edge/28-12-2016/series-1-episode-1
  • How do the "Great Walks" lose $3m a year?

    I can't find where this was sourced from DoC ... https://resources.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/f/q/5/f/4/image.related.StuffLandscapeSixteenByNine.620x349.1fmc1r.png/1480043503511.jpg http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/86702463/the-price-of-paradise-new-zealands-great-walks-are-losing-millions-of-dollars ... but their financial statements for year ended 30 June 2016 are here: http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/about-doc/annual-report-2016/annual-report-2016.pdf The Departmental financial statements start page ...
  • Live: record attempt on tararuas 1500m peaks

    record for the shorman kaitoke https://altrarunning.co.nz/blogs/altra-running-new-zealand-blog/s-k-fkt
  • Moratorium to be placed on Ruataniwha Dam

    Supreme Court to hear Ruataniwha Dam appeal http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/320516/supreme-court-to-hear-ruataniwha-dam-appeal
  • Emergency shelters - what works/what's practical?

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    @Ian_H: thanks for all that info and good tip about the lightweight but fragile bridal tulle. That low and high ended trapezoid tarp design sounds a bit like the bomb ...

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