Briar

I have grown up in a tramping family and gradually progressed to longer and harder trips as I got older. Most of my tramping has been done in Auckland's Waitakere ranges due to proximity, but my favourite trips have been in the South Island.

I dabble in a little mountaineering and have climbed the six highest peaks in the North Island as well as Mt Aspiring and a few others down south. Trail running and multi-sport have also been features of my outdoor activities.

My (sporadic) blog is mostly outdoor-related and can be found at http://waitakathlete.blogspot.co.nz

Excursion to Kauritatahi Hut Kauritatahi Hut (August 2017) Starveall Hut (Richmond Ranges) Pirongia View Bell Track Bog Barker Hut Oamaru - Boyd Junction Mt Lockett (Kahurangi NP) Chaffey Hut - Cobb Valley Lonely Lake Hut The gut to Gunsight Pass Halfway up to Gunsight Pass
Excursion to Kauritatahi

Excursion to Kauritatahi

Kauritatahi Hut at the top of the Kaimai Ranges has been on my to-visit list for several years and I finally decided to stop talking about it and actually make the trip happen. Unfortunately the cloud was down around 500m ...   More ▶︎
Pirongia Perambulation

Pirongia Perambulation

A weekend excursion around Tahuanui & Bell Tracks on Mt Pirongia.   More ▶︎
Lonely Lake - Fenella Hut

Lonely Lake - Fenella Hut

11km route along the Douglas Range from Lonely Lake Hut to Fenella Hut   More ▶︎
Long Weekend in the Kaimanawas

Long Weekend in the Kaimanawas

Three day circuit in the Kaimanawa Ranges over Waitangi Weekend 2017. Te Iringa - Oamaru - Maungaorangi - Cascade - Hinemaiaia.   More ▶︎
Rees - Dart (a variation)

Rees - Dart (a variation)

Two weeks of climbing and tramping in the Wakatipu region.   More ▶︎
Climbing Egmont

Climbing Egmont

An account of my first trip up Mt Egmont back in 2009.   More ▶︎

Kaimai Traverse

Kaimai North-South track - 107km from Lower Kaimai through to Paeroa. Followed the new route up the Wharawhara valley instead of past Wahine Rock & Cashmore Clearing, plus a slight detour down Te Tuhi track on day 1 to walk ...   More ▶︎
High route to Blyth Hut

High route to Blyth Hut

High route to Blyth Hut from the Turoa Road. This is a short cut on the Round the Mountain Track which avoids walking several kilometres down the road.   More ▶︎

Pae o te Rangi Campground

Pae o te Rangi is a campsite in the Kauri Cascades area of Auckland's Waitakere Ranges. Managed by Auckland Council. Bookings required - $6pp A shelter will be built soon (as at June 2015).   More ▶︎
Omanawanui Track

Omanawanui Track

Omanawanui is the best track in the whole of the Waitakere Ranges with fantastic views of the Manukau Harbour and Auckland City, Awhitu Peninsula, and Whatipu Beach. Almost never gets muddy underfoot.   More ▶︎
Mueller Hut

Mueller Hut

Mueller hut is surrounded by Mt. Cook and other 3000m peaks, making it a scenic place to stay. In summer numerous icefalls can be seen and heard tumbling down to the Mueller glacier below. There are two bunk rooms plus ...   More ▶︎
Cape Brett Track

Cape Brett Track

The seven distinctive peaks that mark Cape Brett’s spine are said to represent the seven waka that landed at Cape Brett around 700 years ago. The 16.5 kilometre track follows the peaks from Oke Bay in Rawhiti and ends at ...   More ▶︎
  • BriarBriar updated the article, Excursion to Kauritatahi 15 August 201715 August.
  • BriarBriar updated the photograph, Excursion to Kauritatahi 15 August 201715 August.
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Kauritatahi Hut (August 2017) 15 August 201715 August.
    A wee 3 bunk hut on top of the Kaimai Ranges at 770m. Apparently there are good views from the ...
  • BriarBriar updated the hut, Kauritatahi Hut 14 August 201714 August.
    Fireplace was removed in June 2017
  • BriarBriar updated the hut, Starveall Hut 11 July 201711 July.
    Updated mobile coverage
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Starveall Hut (Richmond Ranges) 11 July 201711 July.
    A tidy 6 bunk hut on the bushline in the Richmond Ranges. Read my trip report on my blog http://waitakathlete.blogspot.co.nz/2017/07/solo-to-starveall.html I couldn't ...
  • BriarBriar updated the article, Pirongia Perambulation 11 April 201711 April.
  • BriarBriar updated the photograph, New Pahautea Hut 11 April 201711 April.
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Pirongia View 11 April 201711 April.
    Looking southwest from the summit platform of Mt Pirongia (959m). The Cone (953m) is the sharp peak to the right, ...
  • BriarBriar updated the photograph, Bell Track Bog 11 April 201711 April.
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Barker Hut 16 February 201716 February.
    The Canterbury Mountaineering Club hut high at the head of the White River.
  • BriarBriar updated the track, Lonely Lake - Fenella Hut 10 February 201710 February.
    Added related photo
  • BriarBriar added the article, Long Weekend in the Kaimanawas 7 February 20177 February.
    Three day circuit in the Kaimanawa Ranges over Waitangi Weekend 2017. Te Iringa - Oamaru - Maungaorangi - Cascade - ...
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Oamaru - Boyd Junction 7 February 20177 February.
    Signpost in the upper Oamaru Valley (Kaimanawa Ranges), where the track splits south to Boyd Hut and north to Cascade ...
  • BriarBriar updated the hut, Lonely Lake Hut 3 February 20173 February.
    Updated description to reflect recent renovations.
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Mt Lockett (Kahurangi NP) 3 February 20173 February.
    View from Mt Benson on the Lockett Range, looking toward Mt Lockett. Ruby Lake in the foreground, Diamond lake at ...
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Chaffey Hut - Cobb Valley 3 February 20173 February.
    The recently renovated Chaffey Hut in the Cobb Valley is a rustic 3 bunk shelter.
  • BriarBriar discussed Articles on this website? 2 February 20172 February.
    I do like the fact that the most recent articles appear on the home page as you can easily see ...
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Lonely Lake Hut 31 January 201731 January.
    Lonely Lake Hut on the Douglas Range was upgraded in 2016 and is now nice and snug with 4 bunks ...
  • BriarBriar discussed Photos on members' profiles 7 December 20167 December.
    Yep, seems to have been fixed with the updates overnight.
  • BriarBriar discussed Kaimai North-South Track 2 December 20162 December.
    You're right in thinking that it is mostly bush. As Madpom said above, north of Thompsons Track there are quite
  • BriarBriar discussed Gunsight Pass 17 September 201617 September 2016.
    There was a small bivvy spot right on top of the pass which would have been neat in fine weather. Here ...
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, The gut to Gunsight Pass 17 September 201617 September 2016.
    Part way up the gut leading to Gunsight Pass at the head of the North Temple Valley. It was a ...
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Halfway up to Gunsight Pass 17 September 201617 September 2016.
    Climbing up the gut from Temple Stream North Branch to Gunsight Pass. Looking back to the cirque at the head ...
  • BriarBriar updated the article, Rees - Dart (a variation) 24 August 201624 August 2016.
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Esquilant Biv 24 August 201624 August 2016.
    Gearing up in the early morning to climb Mt Earnslaw. Esquilant is a 6 bunk hut situated at 2,160m.
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Cascade Saddle Camp 24 August 201624 August 2016.
    Nice campsite where the Cascade Saddle track crosses the top of Cascade Creek, with Mt Aspiring visible over the ridge. ...
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Approaching Mt Tyndall 24 August 201624 August 2016.
    Mt Tyndall (2,496m) sits above the Isobel Glacier south of Cascade Saddle.
  • BriarBriar updated the GPX file, Kaimai Traverse 23 August 201623 August 2016.
  • BriarBriar added the photograph, Rangipo Hut in winter 16 August 201616 August 2016.
    Rangipo hut on Mt Ruapehu a couple of days after a big snow storm. A shovel was needed to dig ...
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