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Thanks, Morris. Yes, was on a trip last week with an old friend who had also been through there, his comments were much the same as yours, though he said one bit was a bit ...
its possible to get through all but the longest great walks on one charge depending on your speed, around 24 hours tracking time on it. the watch doesnt take much charging. if you have a ...
you dont have to synch every day. theres a power saver mode when you're not walking, doubles the normal time on battery. you can also turn it off, it keeps the time when turned off. have ...
At the time of the post she replied to she was probably comatose under Powel hut just before the booking system came in.
A DOC hut.....in London???
Just wondering if there is anyone here who is currently using the Garmin Instinct Solar (or non-solar) for multi-day hikes? I'm really interested to learn a couple of things in terms of how you use it ...
I went through there in about 2003, so things may well have changed since then. It was pretty straightforward to stroll from the rock biv down to the beach at the foot of the Douglas ...
Anyone been through there and down the Landsborough? Travel along the north shore of Lake Douglas not too bad? (Moirs says ‘difficult, eroding, rockfall', though that could be avoided with a pack raft) Iceaxe needed for Douglas ...
From studying GPS tracked times, it has been possible for us to do it in 3 hours but it depends on the condition of the track at the time. It would usually take us an ...
Kia ora koutou, My name is Danielle and I am seeking a like-minded tramping partner. Ideally, I'd like to meet someone who is open-minded, kind, and in my age bracket (30s). I'm keen to connect with ...
I went over the saddle in the summer of 2014 in good weather. The route was in good order and easy to follow at the time. Nothing too technically challenging, just steep. The basin at ...
It was marked by pink plastic stripes. I'm hoping to get there this winter so I'll let you know what was it about
Thank you folks for the feedback! PhillipW, love the suggestion about camping--I know some folks tent at Cascade Creek as well. I like the idea of not having the ascend/descend on the same day. Bernieq, ...
Assume you are aware of current NZ covid border restrictions? Good luck but I'd be surprised if there was much of a change by Jan 2022.
dry weather route only, the tussock grass is slick when wet. theres been a lot of broken bones and several deaths.
You're talking an ascent of 1300m or so. Being fit and carrying 10kg in a daypack, i would take 3 to 4 hours. Days are long in summer. I know i would have several hours ...
Great that you've given us some sense of your background, and in the light of that your plan looks perfectly doable. However unless you're particularly fit the steep climb up to the Saddle and back down ...
Hey folks, After graduating college this December, I'll be leaving my home in Minnesota to explore NZ for the month of January. I'd love to hit Mt. Aspiring National Park and am thinking about doing ...
Useful input, thank you. Waynowski, in answer to your question I just thought I could stick to the high route if conditions permitted and then drop down to the lower route if required to play ...
Hi Graffias. I have walked a circuit midwinter. But under very low snowloading conditions. Even the 'high' route was below the snowline. Few steep icy bits dealt with but nothing worse. So your mileage may ...
how do you mean feasible switching? consult https://www.avalanche.net.nz/ to look at avalanche ratings watch out for a lot of hard ice, its notorious for it. get in touch with the taranaki alpine club for conditions https://taranakialpinecl...
Just wondering how feasible this is switching as necessary between high and low level routes to accommodate the weather. I'd be carrying a tent, axe & crampons but obviously need to avoid avalanche routes as ...
Bridgedale Socks.Tough as an old goats toe.End of story.
Thanks again!
I wouldn’t be too worried. Obviously the farther from a road end the safer.
It would be at the shorter end of your duration but Waipakahi Hut is a great option. A variety of options for tops travel and/or the Waipakahi River.
Thanks for your replies guys, much appreciated. Yeah I was thinking I would try Mt Pirongia for our first go - even if it is just at the site after the Nikau Walk to begin with. ...
Thanks Philip. Tararuas sound like a decent place to base with lots of options.
I'd second Gregor's Kaitoke Holdsworth trip, and if you have the time and good settled weather you can extend it to include the Holdsworth Jumbo tops (see below) or up the Atiwhakatu, then across the ...
anywhere in valleys, stay out of the snow and stay off the tops unless the forecast is very good.
Thank you Waynowski. If you had a inexperienced couple of mates new to the North island (I am too, really - didn't get to tramp at all over summer as I broke my hip just ...
kawekas might be an issue on the highest part, icy or it can get a dump of snow in a storm round the mountain can be a pain in winter, slushy show , postholing.. holdsworth, not ...
Thanks! Round the Mountain and Holdsworth-Kaitoke were both trips on my agenda (and I am real keen to spend more time in the Kawekas). I was wary of those two in particular for a mid-winter ...
Heaps, heaps, and more heaps of options! Holdsworth-Kaitoke in the Tararuas; Pouakai Circuit in Taranaki; Round the Mountain in Tongariro; multiple options in the Ruahines, Kaimanawas, and the Kawekas- spoilt for choices. These options are a...
waikaremoana isnt that heavily groomed. its more like you average unbenched track for a lot of it with mud and tree roots
A couple of mates have recently caught the tramping bug and are keen to do a 2-6 day tramp in the next month or two. We all recently live on the north island, so aren't ...
Will check in on farmlands and the like. Cheers all
Genarally get 2-3 years of daily hill use from Farmlands standard wool socks. $20something a pair, I think. Farmlands were 'waiting for stock' last I looked a month back so currently on PGG's equivalent. Too ...
SOrry this isn't helpful to you - but I have an amazing pair of socks which are my go-to for tramping, my Mum bought them for my sister in 1997 for a school trip and ...
"The last work socks I got from farmers barely lasted more than one use!" Thats the problem. I bought a $70 pair of trousers from Farmers and the pockets disintegrated in 6 weeks. Spent half that ...
I rotate about 6 pairs from Farmlands the green and white ones, lasted 4 years so far and still going strong, wool blend
Have you had any that seemed alright? The last work socks I got from farmers barely lasted more than one use!
They might not be much better than the ones you tried but $15 for a 5 pair pack of work socks means you get 5 attempts at a good life. The bonus is if you ...
Great thanks for the tip. I'd hope they don't form holes at $55 a pair! Will have a look into em
Haven't managed to punch any holes in "Thorlos - Mountaineering" socks yet. They just get a bit stiff with use.
Third vote for the Exped, looks to be the best of the mainstream lightweight brands that retails in NZ. They updated them in the last year, so you might be able to find the older ...
This is absurd, but it seems every pair of socks I've purchased in the last year are cr*p, no matter how much or how little I spend on them. They've all developed holes within a ...
Cheers @Ian_H doing some tests now 😀👍
>As geeves says, the energy for the evapouration of water is not supplied by the battery. It comes from the cooling of the air that passes over the wet boots. It is effectively an inside-out ...
Just out of interest has anyone ever weighed their boots wet and dry? Is 200g of water a realistic number? Thats 4/5 of a metric cup

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Just wondering if there is anyone here who is currently using the Garmin Instinct Solar (or non-solar) for multi-day hikes? I'm really interested to learn a couple of things in terms of how you use it ...
Anyone been through there and down the Landsborough? Travel along the north shore of Lake Douglas not too bad? (Moirs says ‘difficult, eroding, rockfall', though that could be avoided with a pack raft) Iceaxe needed for Douglas ...
Kia ora koutou, My name is Danielle and I am seeking a like-minded tramping partner. Ideally, I'd like to meet someone who is open-minded, kind, and in my age bracket (30s). I'm keen to connect with ...
Hey folks, After graduating college this December, I'll be leaving my home in Minnesota to explore NZ for the month of January. I'd love to hit Mt. Aspiring National Park and am thinking about doing ...
Just wondering how feasible this is switching as necessary between high and low level routes to accommodate the weather. I'd be carrying a tent, axe & crampons but obviously need to avoid avalanche routes as ...
A couple of mates have recently caught the tramping bug and are keen to do a 2-6 day tramp in the next month or two. We all recently live on the north island, so aren't ...
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This is absurd, but it seems every pair of socks I've purchased in the last year are cr*p, no matter how much or how little I spend on them. They've all developed holes within a ...
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Anyone got visibilty of the Seaward Kaikoras from where they are? A guess asto the altitude of the snowline, and the depth of snow up to say 1600m would be appreciated. Before close-of-business Thursday if ...
Sorry if this has already been asked & answered before, but I'm really after some good ideas for overnight bush walks about 2-3 hours drive from Auckland, ideally without the use of DOC huts. I ...
hey this year I've been working on a designing a lightweight portable boot dryer to dry boots on the go while out hiking. I currently have two designs one using a micro fan and low ...
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For those who are familiar with the Tararuas… Does anyone know what this building might be on the top of Maymorn 851? Thanks Aerial https://goo.gl/maps/oW9XvUGhdbpexY856 Topomap http://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap?v=2&ll=-41.017696,175....
I have had someone tell me that they couldn't download one of my GPX files in the system. I had a look and I think the problem is that she was clicking on the file, expecting ...
Loss looks at the devastating effect introduce mammals have had on New Zealand’s unique wildlife. https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/fight-for-the-wild/story/2018793166/1-loss-fight-for-the-wild
Documents leaked to National suggest DoC shake-up is on the cards https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/documents-leaked-to-national-suggest-department-of-conservation-shake-up-is-on-the-cards/ The document, which National passed on to ...
The Remote Huts website (which is awesome) says to allow 3-4 hours from the Taipo Bridge to the Rocky Creek Biv. Bwa-ha-ha-ha! I've got a box of beer for anyone that can do that in ...
I'm looking to buy a PLB, and I saw this affordable PLB at SafetyBeacons: https://www.safetybeacons.co.nz/catalog/product/view/id/27/s/cetcme-vpl8-plb It meets all my requirements, but I can't find a lot of reviews about it. Looking through ...
From the hut book at Martins Bay: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51158391472_0f1b280148_h.jpg 68 days from Nelson Lakes to the Hollyford. Just about all the high country in between. OK, I don't think she went anywhere west of the ma...
What is the biggest vertical height gain in one go on tramping terrain in NZ? Not including real climbing - eg excluding doing Mt Aspiring as a day trip from the road end or the ...
Recently did a trip with 12 days food and packraft with my Macpac Amp 40 pack. (Carrying 15 kg total, had tent, packraft and mattress on the outside to start). Things I found: Though I liked the ...
I hadn't heard of this accident until now, but the article's interesting as an expression of FMC's view of the difference between club trip leaders and commercial guiding. https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/124989932/expert-hig...
Coming weekend I'll be doing the Jumbo Circuit counter clockwise with my 8yo daughter. We'll be sleeping in Powell Hut, which should take about 8 hours (via Jumbo Hut). Planning to be on the track ...
Just got back from 9 days. Routeburn Shelter to Harris Saddle, down Deadmans, down the Hollyford to Martins Bay then Big Bay Gorge River Barn Bay Cascade Martyr Saddle and then finally a ride from ...
Hello All, Has anyone been put off walking the Heaphy during the MBiking season? Any positive or negative experiences with MBikers? I don't facing to have my calf shattered by a bike but perhaps the risks are low? Thanks, Alan
Hi I’m looking for some suggestions for a day walk around Mt Taranaki. I’m heading up to New Plymouth at the end of May and it will be the first time I’ve tramped in that area. ...
Hi Am planning tenting the Routeburn Track Early Feb or poss March. Updating my compact sleeping bag. What warmth rating do you think I’d need please Looking at a Macpac down 500 - comfort about zero Celsius ...
https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/300276910/slip-closes-walking-track-near-nelson
Tourist who died hunting may not have been aware of rules - Coroner rules? they arent really rules, they are guidelines, and without knowing how he died, you wouldnt necessarily have saved him or found him anyway, ...
Hey has anyone here actually completed the PCT ? 120 days seems quick, but maybe seems the average ? Wow so that’s 4 months you’d need to allow ?
I can't find much of a reference yet besides a one-liner on The Spinoff, but following Kiri Allan's news of a cancer diagnosis, and her taking medical leave as a consequence, it seems Ayesha Verrall ...
Tried to go up Mount Grey today. Nearly made the top of the bush when confronted by a fallen log just crawling with wasps. No way to cross it without exposing hands and legs to ...
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Hi guys, does anybody know a good route to Mt Garfield in Lewis Pass? Last year I spotted some permolat markers around pt1239 / pt1261 and I wonder where it goes... respectively where the track ...
Also, are inflatable kayaks any good or is this a waste of money? Are they difficult to inflate/deflate and are they durable? I’m thinking portability key for me because I’m pretty small and it’s hard for ...
In my secret life as a radio ham, I've recently go into SOTA - Summits on the Air. This scheme lists all peaks* worldwide and allocates a number of points for each, based on difficulty ...
Hi guys, My name's AJ, and I'm the New Zealand rep for 'Micklagård' - a Swedish manufacturer of high-quality, woolen outdoor garments. I'm based in Southland, and I'm a keen hiker and deer stalker. I'd like ...
I've got a week of kayaking on Lake Manapouri and maybe Te Anau, and I'm looking for tips on great camping spots by the water. Just me and my hennessy hammock, so I'm not even ...
Fri night I dislocated my elbow at Woolshed Creek hut. A mate (ex army medic) tried to relocate it but wasn't able to. We had a PLB and in this situation (not life or limb ...
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Human remains found on West Coast likely missing tramper Marni Sheppeard https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300260621/human-remains-found-on-west-coast-likely-missing-tramper-marni-sheppeard
What websites do you use for mountain weather forecasts? Metservice, yr.no, and mountain-forecast.com (the latter of which I have never used before and found just now on a google search) are giving differing forecasts for ...
Somebody a while ago was looking for a picture of the old waihaha hut. I’ve got a photo but not sure how to load it onto this site
Hey guys! We are Y13 high school students and we are doing an innovation business project on “single use soaps”. As for our primary target market is towards 'Trampers in NZ', we would really appreciate it ...
Can you still camp here? I did in 2005 but the DOC website isn't clear, not sure if you still can? Can anyone comment on how bad the wasps are at present? Looking for a ...
I loved the Old Ghost Rd tramp. The geology, bird and plant life was spectacular. The planning into the track formation and the huts was admirable. Everyone we met was considerate and companionable except for ...
Looking to do an overnighter in Tongariro in April and was wondering what is better, Oturere Hut from Mangatepopo Road and return via Tama lakes, or Rangipo hut from desert road. I would consider myself ...
Has anyone bought gear from Mountain Warehouse? How did it hold up? *Looking to buy a new pair of mid-height lightweight boots to replace my destroyed Salomons for the Te Araroa - open to suggestions*
Hi, Having never used a Great Walk hut (always camped before), am now about to do so in March. I've no idea as to the caliber of these huts and if I should still be packing ...
This is my little alpine tent. 850g including poles, pegs and lots of guys. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50964712206_483500da9e_z.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50964711871_9a7894316b_z.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65...
Hi there Am thinking of tramping from Waiohine Gorge to Maungahuka hut via Cone on day 1, then to Totara Flats the next day, maybe stay the night there or carry on back to the start ...
A while ago I bought some MSR Groundhog tent pegs. I was looking at buying some more but no one seems to sell them in NZ anymore. Have they discontinued this product? If so what ...
Hi all. I'm new to the forum and new to the tramping community. I would love to take my 8 year old out to a bush tenting adventure somewhere around Auckland (Hunuas?,Waitakeres?). We're obviously not shy ...
So far I've only done day trips or overnight tramps, but after joining the local tramping club I am looking for a high quality multi day tramping pack. Currently I've got a cheap 75 liter ...
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