Beginners and newbies

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  • family tramping/gear advice

    Thank-you for the detailed advice. I will definitely check out your recommendations.
  • Thin closed cell foam worthwhile addition?

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    Thanks for the analysis bernieq, will bear that in mind. The mats look pretty new so perhaps they do have a reflective layer in them. I'll try with the foam ...
  • Help deciding on tramps for mid November/December

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    Yeah, me too haha!
  • Hiking around Nelson Lakes/St James Late April

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    Hi twilly, I can certainly vouch for the trip that pageix referred to: as a challenging but slightly less committing alternative that still gets you to Blue Lake and ...
  • Fiordland / Western Southland options

    G'day Chris. I'm currently based in Te Anau/Manapouri. Want to catch up and have a chat about local options? PM me if you're keen. I work 7 days at a ...
  • Arthur's Pass forecast questions (14 & 15 Jan)

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    Thanks for all the replies everyone. I ended up taking the conservative decision of postponing. We'll hopefully find a good weekend to go in the coming weeks. Thanks Andrew
  • Hydrolised collagen

    It's arrived! But I'm using up the gelatine first. Frank has got mild osteoporosis and collagen forms the framework for bone tissue so he's keen to use it as well.
  • Sources for TVP, dried veges in Auckland?

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    Anyway...naughty me. Back to hydrolised collagen. @waynowski: can you recommend a particular brand? This info may be helpful for other clapped-out old trampers too.
  • Te araroa

    Thank you izogi I will certainly hang out there occasionally to get some ideas. I looked at some blogs of people who have done it but so far haven't come ...
  • Looking for Tramping with kids

    Ah, Peach Cove hut. I helped to build that with the Whangarei Tramping Club back in the 60s (before the endless flights of steps were thought of.) Good memories.
  • DOC Marker Definitions

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    Occasionally there is non-permolat venetian blind used. We found a stash and took it home one time. Frank and I use a combination of red/white permolats sometimes. They are extremely ...
  • Dry gear guide

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    Have an Aarn pack at present, doesn't or at least has't caused me any grief with wet gear as yet. Still like to have some things in their own dry ...
  • Good 2-3 day trip on North Island August-Sept?

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    OK thanks, that's what I thought :)
  • Track suggestions

    I second Militaris words. A lot of good trips in Mt Richmond forest park in general. May be some snow but not the Avalanche risk of the Travers-Sabine.
  • Track finder

    For new people to the site who may have missed it. The website has a track finder function
  • Tramping Partner Wanted/Suggestions

    Hi everyone, I just flew into Christchurch (Canadian here) and solo traveling around the country for 5 weeks and I want to do some tramping. I don't have any experience ...
  • A good first off-track tramp?

    theres an awful lot of vertical terrain between lake roberts and sunny creek... you need good visibility around there or you'll just get bluffed in or walk off one... danilo's photos ...
  • Hiking and Day Walks in South island

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  • Solo Kayaking in Hauraki Gulf - Am I Nuts?

    No, not mad at all. I do plenty of sea kayaking from Auckland's eastern coast, a tad further south from Bucklands Beach/Howick. Indeed I kayaked over and camped at Motutapu ...
  • Gas cannister on airplane?

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    Embarrasingly I've donated a fair few gas cannisters to Hamilton airport in the last few years. Do not know why I show up to the airport with them, but, I keep ...
  • Worried about children tramping

    "professional tramper forum" Enthusiastic and wealth of knowledge yes professional not really. There are a couple of people that combine there tramping with there profession but most of us are just tramping ...
  • Hiking Boots for Trail walks & Beginner tramps

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    Smith City clearance sale this weekend. Near half-price on Ridgeline Apache boots & assorted Hi-Tecs (including Rainier eVent) :)
  • Splitting up and getting lost

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    They take them out when they've nearly completed their sentences. So they have nothing to gain by doing a runner.
  • Hillary Trail

    Last time I went through a few of the junction signs were missing or obscured. Then again, only part of the route I was taking was on the hillary trail, ...
  • NZ hitchhiking, tramping and camping

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    Hmmm that is strange.. You definately using the url

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