Thanks @bernieq for the reminder about rogaining, there is a series of events around the Wellington region over the next few months I should check out, although running is something I limit to grabbing the last slice of pizza in the box...
Until about 2 years ago I was purely a map and compass user, no GPS, then I got a reasonably priced water resistant smartphone and portable battery, downloaded the Viewranger app and topo maps, and started using them for nav alongside map and compass. After a while I realised my navigational habits had changed to looking at the dot/circle on the screen far too often, rather than observing the terrain.
The daywalks are my attempt to rebalance the reliance on technology and to repractice nav skills for a club bushcraft course I'm leading soon.
On the principle of 'if I tell enough people I'll have to do it':
Falls Crk - Consolation - U pass - Glade - Indecision - Worsley - Glaisnock
No other wanna-dos to get in the way this year. Just need a coupla weeks of fine, stable weather.
I’m quite keen to have a crack at the Douglas Range near Nelson. Also want to chance my arm at bagging a more remote hut or doing some tramping off a marked route to continue to develop my knowledge and skills (nothing identified yet though)
@Mosley59 The Douglas Range is awesome! There's some really neat spots in there.
@Yarmoss Yes, I'm an Aucklander, but I'm moving south for the summer. Thanks a lot for the route details. Might see you out there some time.
I have got a dozen or so mainly lesser known hills/mountains I'd like to climb and one remote hut to visit which I haven't been to before. Also I'd like to search for and find the sites of a couple of remote C19th gold mining operations and re-cut some tracks that I maintain. All this is West Coast stuff.