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Goretex & vibram ... the death of long lasting boots.
@lenshaw if you are using them just for tramping I'd imagine your 18-24 months days of use would be similar to my work+leisure total in 4-6 months. How many days a year would you tramp? ...
I`ve been on the hill for a year or two & echo most of the previous comments.I`ve had Sportivas particularly & latterly Meindle and usually get 18 months -2 years out of them before sole ...
Currently using size 15 Lowa Renegades, obtained from Living Simply in Newmarket Auckland. The only boots I have ever had that didn't leave me with blisters on first use. Very comfortable fit for my feet.
Kellys Hut is owned and operated by the Dan and Christine Kelly. This small boutique business is on the website www.mountainhut.nz. If independent trampers wish to visit please get in touch with Dan Kelly 0274427036. ...
just come out. hardly any snow in northern end. bit around mitre, 3 kings etc still.
@stevep You capture that sense of 'serious' well. My first flight into Dusky in Feb/March 1977 just after GeoffM's trip was an adventure all on it's own. Chris had come out from the earlier trip and ...
That’s an awesome summary list, thanks!
When I used to take BC meals, I would eat a double serve. I found that a single serve left the legs feeing a little tired on uphills the next day. Having said that, if ...
you need a lot of carbs, bulk up with carbs like spuds as suggested or rice or lentils
You can bulk up your ration with instant spud. Some have suggested splitting a double-serve into 2 meals & making up to volume again with instant spud & dehy mince, hence spinning out the flavouring ...
Madpom re descent from saddle north of 1131 to the Long Burn. Sorry no specific recollections at all of this bit of the trip, it was a long time ago. The red line on my ...
I definitely eat a BCC double serve when I am tramping (or split a 5 serve + extra mash/rice between 3 of us). For reference I am not a big guy (5'8" and 60kg dripping wet) ...
I have tried BBC and outdoor gourmet (scrambled egg, porrige,breakfast,lamb risoto) but at home not on the trail. I find it ok and like the fact that no dishes to wash (bone idle lol) and ...
I would also like to add my thanks to all those who have shared their trip details/memories of this area. Have been bashing out the bones of a trip along the south coast to Cromarty then ...
I'm very much enjoying this thread. I did a Princess & Heath Range trip a while back, and one of my regrets was not spending more time at the Long Burn (and Lake Hay) saddles. I ...
That descent from 1131 to longburn looks _STEEP_! Good to know thats an option. Any notes on that would be appreciated. Just direct down the stream? Or north into the basin east of 1382 - ...
Amazing. Thanks for sharing. A very remote and special part of the country. Hope to get down there, south of the Dusky, one day *sigh*
Mt Solitary , Heath Mountains etc. January 1977. Fortunately I have kept my inch to the mile maps with routes and campsites marked. I was the field assistant (cook, pack carrier etc) for geologist Chris ...
organised in advance. I guess you could take your chances, but I would almost book earlier in the offseason just because we were the only 2 people being ferried that day. So potentially the boat ...
@Yarmoss OK. Here we go; this will be a bit of a memory dump so bear with the length of this. We flew in with Bill Black in his famous "Jet Black" Bell Ranger. He then ...
Yes please, @PhilipW !
@madpom Part of the area at the head of the Long Burn that you are asking about we covered in a four day trip loop from Lake Mike. Left Lake Mike and climbed easily up to pt ...
@GeoffM Wonderful to hear from you again Geoff. Yes those trips with Dr Chris Ward were pretty dammed special in hindsight. The more time passes the more I realise just how lucky I was to have ...
Yes. There is an account in a past fmc bulletin that mentions climbing Mt Solitary on the way to West Cape ... but sadly does so in a throw-away line with no indication of from ...
For what its worth, @madpom, it looks doable on Google Earth. I've always wanted to climb Mt Solitary from that Roa Stream/Long Burn Saddle. Cant tell if there's a direct way up pt1372 (theres a ...
friend just told me , light dusting of snow up there now, more snow due tonight, not supposed to be heavy..
Have you done that section before....? Dundas and Arete through to Arete Biv and even down the pinnacles into Arete Forks Hut is some pretty gnarly country. I did it in December (and it was ...
Thanks both. @GeoffM - does that mean you followed the tops round the north end of Long Burn? pt1382, pt1372, pt1372, and down to the saddle & tarns leading to the Heath Range? That's one of ...
dam I see this is now sold. A pity as I am divorced now and need a one man tent:)
Hi all, looking at doing a Tararuas Northern Crossing (from Herepai), has anyone been at Dundas or Arete very recently? Any snow? My daughter in law just send me some pictures (from the Southern bit) and ...
Great write up Philip, amazing country. Brought back so many memories. As you know I spent two months with Chris based at Supper Cove in Dusky Sound. We did one trip from the stream at ...
@madpom This is from very old memory, but I'm reasonably confident of my recollection because it was one of those trips you relive many times. We landed by float plane at Lake Mike. The purpose was a ...
with hypothermia, people often go through a stage of being unreasonable or bad tempered, he was angry when he was taking off his layers of clothes.. as if he was blaming the clothes for his ...
the coroners report said she said he could understand the signs, she knew it was warning them about the dangerous conditions..., but they still left ice axe and crampons in their van according to her
the problem with harris saddle is people use it regularly to do the routeburn for free. they deliberately target the shelter as their only place to stay... same with the shelters on the Kepler track... the ...
The result here, is quite unsurprising, i.e. 'Petr took off his trousers as he felt they were a nuisance.' But geeves raises what has become a very strong point, there are too may signs etc... just look ...
@madpom I'll have to check out the signs when next I'm there. In this particular instance, though, is it true they could not read English? If not, perhaps said signs did not have the same impact for ...
@geeves. Agree personally - stuff Mr Plod. But not the point here. For someone inexperienced who does not realise the seriousness of being 30% of the way over an alpine pass 5hrs into a winters ...
But had I been borderline timewise: would I have felt I could justify staying there as a 'genuine emergency'? Its only a crime if you get caught. Would Mr Plod have come knocking?
That said ... and I realise I'm contradicting myself here: the 'emergency use only' warning signs at Harris Saddle shelter seem overly fierce. They threaten fines & prosecution for staying there except in a 'genuine ...
Hi viz camo? http://tramper.nz/files/objectversions/9071/17-BackRidgeBiv.JPG
Warnings and other safety items have got to the saturation point where they no longer work as expected.. My work has me on public streets in a hi vis vest. The public see me and ...
> And so I, for one, no longer even notice, see, or read warning signs because I pass 100's of them every day. One further aspect that gets me about this is when warning signs are ...
"even then, after 5 hours of hiking to cover 3-4kms, they walked past a emergency hut with no personal shelter. That’s not calculated risk, that’s delusion. " Purely a guess but I wonder if hypothermia was ...
@phillipw. Very keen to hear your route & experience on Dark Cloud Range. Any chance of a summary (prob in a new thread?).
There’s nothing wrong with paying the ultimate price, that’s fine in my book and everytime I’ve undertaken a serious trip I understand that is a possibility. We’re in heaps of potential danger just driving to ...
@Geeves-don`t agree.There`s a rock on the tiphead at the Grey bar (Greymouth ) with the names of fisherman who didn`t make it over the bar.I asked someone why such a big rock & the reply ...
I don't think we should be painting this as just a tourist issue. New Zealanders manage to die in the hills each year, many through the same poor decision making.
correct about huts and the fact there are maps showing tracks to the huts, it attracts inexperienced tourists, who havent been in a place like NZ, they see it as an easy way to kill ...

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I have tried BBC and outdoor gourmet (scrambled egg, porrige,breakfast,lamb risoto) but at home not on the trail. I find it ok and like the fact that no dishes to wash (bone idle lol) and ...
Hi all, looking at doing a Tararuas Northern Crossing (from Herepai), has anyone been at Dundas or Arete very recently? Any snow? My daughter in law just send me some pictures (from the Southern bit) and ...
@madpom This is from very old memory, but I'm reasonably confident of my recollection because it was one of those trips you relive many times. We landed by float plane at Lake Mike. The purpose was a ...
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Anyone doing this? I would like to give this a go but have close to zero knowledge about pack rafting. Not looking at doing whitewater, white-knuckle type trips. Would be keen to hear some advice ...
Hi. I'm looking for advice on sending parcels to NZ without having an adrress in NZ. I'm Doro from Germany and would like to send some items to NZ before arriving there as I will ...
Hi all ,am a solo paced tramper looking to cross the tararuas sometime end of this year seeing if someone wanted to come along,normally go with the dog but he getting old now. 35yo
Hey all, Some friends and I are planning on doing the RTM late September/early October during the school holidays. We are all at least moderately experienced, but very little alpine experience between us (ergo, very little ...
Hi all. This is my first thread so looking forward to hear what advise is out there. I'm looking for a new pair of large sized boots but struggling to find options. Ive been through a few ...
In July 2016, two tourists set out on a six-day tramp on one of New Zealand's renowned Great Walks. Three days later, one was dead and the other was desperately trying to flag down a ...
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https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/the-hut-keepers
Having got into packrafting and sacrificed 1/3 of my 75-80l pack to raft, paddle, pfd - I have a problem. Space! I've tried downsizing sleeping bag, thermals, sleeping mat cooking gear: and can manage a 7 ...
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two adults, two kids aged 8 and 9. up for anything, fit, well prepared, dont mind bush bashing or off track walks. we prefer camping to huts tho september we might be hutting it depending ...
Tried to add Crombie Biv in the Wairaurahiri to the site but keep getting a blank screen with 'Error 404' after I fill in the form and click on the Publish button. Help Matthew!
Any intrepid wanderers out there keen on joining me on a trek south from Jacksons Bay to Martins Bay? (and out via the Hollyford for a few more days or flying out if too sore) Plenty ...
Just thought I would share a review I did on these two packs about two years ago. Hope someone finds this helpful. Since I own both of these packs I figured I'd pass along a review ...
Has any of you trampers done the Mangorewa track on the Tauranga direct road BOP. Looks like a interesting walk, just cant seem to get the weather window required to match my days off. The ...
Is it worth spending the extra money on a polarised pair of sunnies or would non polarised pair do fine since tramping isnt water based?
Hi all, I am planning on doing the 3 Passes trail in Feb/Mar next year. But rather than going right through I am looking at carrying on down Arahura river from Harman Hut to Newton ...
Can anyone contact Matthew directly please. The website is being hacked by Korean spammers and they wont go away without intervention on his end
Hi team. Ne member here. Im a new cub leader and looking for bushcraft ideas. It has not been a focus for the group Cubs are 8 -11 yrs old Thinking reef knot, clove hitch, ...
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Anyone know of an access into the upper Landsborough which is non technical, summer friendly? Looking at my Topo I'm thinking via Horace Walker Hut, skirt the lake to Harpers Rock Biv and then over ...
I have my top shell sorted but almost forgot about my pants, do I need rain pants or do you just let your regular pants get wet in the rain?
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An interesting Australian article that's relevant to our own experience with overseas visitors and how their sheer numbers have the potential to overwhelm our backcountry resource. "Tourism operators are being told to focus on relationships rat...
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nice if you like lots of numbers, and we can find bigger numbers to go on about all day... i go tramping to avoid that as do a lot of people.. i grew up in competitive athletics, ...
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To all the old hands, I'm back. Went off for quite some time because I experimented with living in Auckland for 14 months (NEVER again!) and just didn't do any tramping of note. Four-fifths of ...
This is amazing story about a friend of mine. This guy is a monster, there is no other word to describe him. One of the most driven and focused people I've ever met. The total ...
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Helo hello! I am unsure which could be the best option. Is it worth sleeping in essentially a 'down suit' and skipping a sleeping bag? ...or forget the down trousers and get a sleeping bag. I ...
Hey all, I'm mount cook for a couple of days, and planned on doing the hooker valley track. Unfortunately it is closed at the moment. Can anyone recommend which of the many available day hikes would be most ...
https://www.fmc.org.nz/2019/07/13/fmc-resigns-from-mountain-safety-council/?fbclid=IwAR3on1DUm-gbjRjy3NVKO246v6MctRkda4gtSewYVmq5IsWoGML0md5LUZI or: https://tinyurl.com/y2mjvghe Good summary from Tania Seaward here. Definitely had me scratch...
Hi there, I'm looking to do some tramping in the Tangihua forest within the next few weeks. Has anyone been there recently that can offer some information on the condition of the tracks, especially the ...
Hi guys, Looking for recommendations for a tent for me and my dog - 3 season use in the SI. I have an Exped Gemini III which has been pretty good for two humans and a ...
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DOC media release: https://www.doc.govt.nz/news/media-releases/2019/hump-ridge-on-track-to-be-nzs-next-great-walk/ Interesting to note that for the "Great Walk" the track will be a three night trip rather than the two nights it currently takes....
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Anyone driven on Kashmir Road of late? DoC site says it is suitable for 2WD cars but a couple of tramping club trip reports from 2018 say differently. I'm looking to do a trip into ...
I need to make my sleeping bag a bit longer. What's the best way to sew an extra 30cm section, onto a synthetic sleeping bag? To avoid cold spots where a seam might be. I'm thinking ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1907/S00298/federated-mountain-clubs-quits-nz-mountain-safety-council.htm Friday, 12 July 2019, 8:51 pm Press Release: Federated Mountain Clubs Federated Mountain Clubs quits the New Zealand Mountain Safety Co...
I'm selling a Vaude Power Lizard SUL 1-2 person tent. Acquired this tent second hand but never got around to using it. Selling as this is too similar to my existing Macpac Sololight, plus now ...
Wow. 395,000 followers. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/114065946/instagramfamous-australian-bow-hunter-rescued-from-west-coast-mountains I'm glad he was rescued but reading the article got me wondering about how social media influencers ope...
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/114065946/instagramfamous-australian-bow-hunter-rescued-from-west-coast-mountains Interesting. I'd expect if flying into the hills, you'd have the gear and food to survive if pickup is delayed. Taking a stre...
Hi Matthew I see you have used one of my photos to illustrate the track "Big River to Inangahua" but it is not of that track but of the "Big River - Rainy Creek route" ...
Thought I might mention Kim Hill interviewed Shaun Barnett and Chris MacLean on RNZ on June 29th regarding their new book 'Leading The Way'. This publication marks the centenary of the Tararua Tramping Club, and ...
Is anyone able to give me an idea how busy Woolshed Creek Hut at Mt Somers tends to be during the July school holidays (Sunday night or a weekday)? I know it is usually packed ...
I'm wanting to buy a new GPS for under $500 with maps of NZ either loaded or included in the price. Also which is the best, AA batteries or internal rechargeable battery?
Lately I've been updating electrical devices (torch, gps, camera are my main three). More and more they're trending towards charging and/or running straight of USB, whether or not they have replaceable batteries. I used to ...
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Hello people! I hope everyone is doing great. Did someone of you ever done the Gillespie track in winter? Having full equipment for tramping in winter would you recommend it? I've been seeing lot of news lately of people ...
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Shane Jones warns Tūhoe against closing off Lake Waikaremoana by stealth https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/113542122/shane-jones-warns-tuhoi-against-closing-off-lake-waikaremoana-by-stealth
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Pulling out my thermals for winter, they are looking sad and need to shop for some more. I'm trying to find some that doesn't pill as much. I did have a pair of thermal pants a ...
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Hi Matthew, Google maps don't work - instead, a grey pane shows with "This site can't load Google Maps correctly. Do you own this website? g.co/staticmaperror/signature"
Our plan was to fly from the USA to NZ and rest in Nelson for 2 days before doing the tramp from Anchorage Hut-Bark Bay - Awaraa-Whariharangi and then take the water ferry back to ...
Darren Myers' death breaks my heart. I want to open a discussion regarding marking and signage in the Tararuas. I know there have been other threads that addressed this topic. However, Darren's death highlights the ...
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Hi guys, let’s make it straight. Two of us are planning to do three great walks, starting with Tongariro Northern Circuit(off-season), then lake Waikeremoana then Abel Tasman coastal track in July this yr.(yep next month) Fiordland ...

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