(Currently based in Masterton, right on the doorstep of the Eastern Tararuas... Holdsworth/Jumbo beckoning from the window as I write. ) Not any more. Stuck in Australia for a while.
I grew up in Auckland and my first tramps at 12/13 years old were in the Coromandels and Tongariro National Park. Things have changed a lot since then. At 13 two of us spent all the May school holidays at TNP and shared a hut with two other hunters on just one night!! Otherwise we had the place to ourselves... a remarkable privilege in hindsight.
Moved onto an active few years with AUTC; between the age of 18 and 24 I spent 2 of those years in the Southern Alps. Two whole months (in two successive summers) working for a friend as his geology field assistant in Dusky Sound was one highlight, a winter trip from Milford Huts to Makarora was another. Achieved a lot on a very small budget and gear that was hopelessly deficient.
PhilipWPhilipW discussed The First Time, no not that, Tramping.
6 October 20176 October 2017.
Interesting reading the contributions above. Makes me feel nostalgic for days gone by that will never return. In so many
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Mountain man mourned
11 May 201711 May 2017.
Thanks for posting this wayno. I didn't know Eric well, but I recognise the face and I'm sure we crossed ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Powell hut to be replaced
6 May 20176 May 2017.
@wayno Too true! It's often said that once you get good at the Tarry's everywhere else is more fun. :-)
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Coast to Coast: Christchurch (Waikuku) to Hokitika
15 April 201715 April 2017.
Just back from a long winter working in the Canadian Arctic. While it was an exotic and interesting adventure, I ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Te Araroa : Upgrades planned, charges considered
29 March 201729 March 2017.
For the many thousands who've done the PCT at least once, the TA is a very attractive next challenge. And ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Two dead in the Tararuas
4 December 20164 December 2016.
I've followed this sad and tragic thread with much interest. Well done everyone on making many interesting contributions. All I
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Discretion about family Dogs in Hut's
30 September 201630 September 2016.
Well this is pertinent and quite interesting: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-30/mans-friendship-with-dogs-may-be-genetic,-new-study-suggests/7893206
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Ruahines access to Wakarara Road end closed
28 September 201628 September 2016.
In which case a gate to prevent vehicle access would have performed admirably.
PhilipWPhilipW discussed why carry an ice axe when local rocks do the job?
30 July 201630 July 2016.
About 1986 a group of us were descending off Maori Saddle between the Blue and Okuru Rivers when I took
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Trail conditions in April
27 March 201627 March 2016.
By and large April is a great time to be tramping here. It's too soon for much snow and the ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Garmin GPS topo map errors
4 March 20164 March 2016.
Those are pretty spectacular screwups! And if you were relying on them ... dangerous ones at that. Personally I've owned a ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Solo Tramping
22 December 201522 December 2015.
Our old dog ... now passed on a few years back ... was great company. Unfortunately being a short-hair she
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Headlamps - How many Lumens
21 December 201521 December 2015.
@madpom Yes ... totally agree with your experience. My shopping list includes: 1. 18650 Rechargeable batteries 2. A very clean even beam. (This
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Acute torn meniscus
17 December 201517 December 2015.
@JETNZ I've done both Iyengar yoga and Pilates to a reasonable level. They're close cousins of each other, indeed Joseph Pilates had
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Gunsight Pass
16 December 201516 December 2015.
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Guessing the wind speed
10 November 201510 November 2015.
@bernieq I can just picture that :-) Still I think of all the elements you face tramping a bitter gale is my ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Hypothermic trampers stranded on Mt Robert, Nelson
12 September 201512 September 2015.
@geeves Interesting you should mention Elder Biv. (Or at least the old dog box that was about 200m down off the
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Straight Talk about Te Araroa Walk
16 August 201516 August 2015.
I would imagine that all of the answers to your questions - and much more - can be found here: http://www.teararoa.org.nz/ Plus
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Olivine ice plateau/Marion plateau
8 August 20158 August 2015.
@antico More than worth it. Try this for what must be the ultimate in alpine tramping! http://ninadickerhof.smugmug.com/TrampingandmountaineeringinNew/Aspiring-Region/Circumnavigation-of-Aspiring/i-kFBsM7w/A
PhilipWPhilipW discussed 3 days off. Suggestions? Go!
2 July 20152 July 2015.
Just back from a 12 day road trip around the SE corner of VIC and NSW. Plus a drive over ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Missing police dog to spend second night in bush
10 May 201510 May 2015.
It reminds me of a story my partner relates - she knew a family who lost their family pet in ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed PLBs - what did you buy?
7 May 20157 May 2015.
Mc Murdo FF211 Purchased it about six years ago from KiwiGPS. I think I paid something in the $500-600 range for ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Back Basins Hide to Avoca - 'H&F route'
17 April 201517 April 2015.
@pipeking. Yeah that did it alright!
PhilipWPhilipW discussed So. Who the heck are ya? :)
2 April 20152 April 2015.
"and that all the usual stuff becomes insignificant " Oh yes. I wonder if this is what we all share :-) Keep ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed The Best Dinner Ever!
2 April 20152 April 2015.
The two of us had just come down off the tops into Supper Cove Hut after four weeks of geology
PhilipWPhilipW discussed mistakes i've made
14 March 201514 March 2015.
May School Holidays late 1960's. A school mate and I had caught the night train to Ohakune, and climbed up
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Advice? Multi day solo tramps in South NZ
9 March 20159 March 2015.
@waynowski I agree the Kepler isn't an 'alpine' tramp - it's a Fiordland one. I've fond memories of it going
PhilipWPhilipW discussed Aspiring Park Traverse
20 December 201420 December 2014.
Did this trip as part of a much longer route many, many years ago. It was early winter and we ...
PhilipWPhilipW discussed RE: Packs
26 November 201026 November 2010.
Hillbilly, Great to see another happy Aarn camper! I'm afraid I'm quite a bore on the subject... but due to chronic
PhilipWPhilipW discussed RE: Boots alpine
9 September 20109 September 2010.
No such thing as the perfect boot; but as a Meindl man myself since they were first available here in ...