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Trips I went on with him wernt fast but how many trips with people deep in their 80s are
Yes, I knew Don quite well. He was a stubborn old bugger - and very determined. But, he struggled on one leg at first, to such a degree that many of trips were so late ...
@ian-silver are you associated with the nzhuts.com website? Convince me you’re not. —moderator
Bit more subtly done than the paid-service postcode finder Q&A 'pair' a couple of weeks back. Points for that, at least.
Patsy question. Promo for a website. High 'Thumbs-up" score by dishing out to everybody.
Congrats on getting the booking. I am sure it will be an amazing experience. As @waynowski said it really would not have been the end of the world if you missed out. There are many amazing ...
honestly the milford isnt that great, theres plenty of other tracks as good or better, i dont know why so many people think its the greatest track out there. if you're tramping in the mountains , ...
You might remember Don Millard from HVTC. Losing a leg didnt slow him down much.
A few years ago (maybe 2013/14) we met a 70-something old tramper on the Rees-Dart; he’d had TKRs in both knees. Said it had slowed him down a bit, and he was more vigilant about ...
I just love that the cost is "plus the maps"!
Do you want to borrow my chainsaw? Good luck with the op
In my case it is severe osteoarthritis in both knees. But it's my left one that gives me all the trouble. My right is as good as gold in comparison. I had the cartilage trimmed ...
@geeves as someone who works in tourism, we're not expecting any international tourists until mid-2021 at least. @ian-silver I know it's not the same, but you could wet your Milford whistle by doing a day walk ...
snow down to 900m forecast for the weekend
@AntonyLowe yikes!!! I apologise; I had no idea that's what they charged! I won't be mentioning them for that service ever again.
Depends whats wrong with the knee. A common injury nowadays is cartilage tears and the quick easy fix is trim the torn edge. What they dont tell you is that this can mean bone to ...
Has anyone recently seen if there's still snow at Kaweka tops? Freezing levels have been pretty high, but not sure that means all snow is gone.
there are other therapies too such as prolotherapy using autologous red blood cells or glucose and then all there is stem cell therapy which is not cheap. "Prolotherapy (also known as sclerotherapy, regenerative injection therapy or ...
Keen boots are much wider than other brands.
Same company as behind Ross in the SI. Sounding like a habit!
Chopper company fined $32,000 after illegal Kaimanawa landings https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12366986
do you have a battery test function on your PLB? if so have you tested it recently? in theory if it has a battery test function and it passes then it should still work.. but it ...
@Scottie "Please replace your PLB TararuaHunter!!!!!!" I think I should. soon :)
inreach uses iridium satellites, they arent geostationary... in some situations under tree canopy or a deep valley or gorge there may be a temporary drop out of satellite connection until the next satellite gets into ...
Please replace your PLB TararuaHunter!!!!!!
Just saw questions on this thread -Map locations not showing; was erratic. sometimes showed map location, sometimes not. was told it is issue with InReach Mini. sort help with Garmin, may have been issue of not getting Mini ...
Thanks guys, all seems good. Have modified the plan a bit and the current plan is to go to Kiwihut via Kuripapango on Tuesday, Ballard hut on Wednesday, and then out crossing the Tutaekuri on ...
I cannot speak for the river levels in September, however I have done this crossing in March and it was very straightforward after a weekend of good weather.
Ankle to knee deep in normal flows. dry feet if you have gaiters and are lucky. But meltwater or rain would change that and can be impassable.
I wonder how long for? If National get in restrictions beyond 2 week quarantine wont make lunchtime. If Labour get in it will probably last past dinner time but not by much. They have to ...
my understanding is you still have to apply to the govt to get admission approved... the govt are declining the majority of applicants, tends to be people who have work skills the country needs, i'm ...
Are the borders still closed to all except returning residents and vips? I was under the impression that a visitor could get here soon provided they paid for the 2 week quarantine. For someone doing ...
I havent done that specific crossing but from other crossings i've done in the area, for a watercourse like that in that area, they are straight forward as long as there hasnt been a lot ...
I'm investigating options for a Kaweka tramp. Has anyone gone from the carpark (on my map), crossed the Tutaekuri, and then gone up via The Rogue? The intention is to reach Studholme Saddle Hut. There's a ...
there might be some people overseas who think the borders will open and have booked, they would cancel when they find out thats not the case. i've seen people like Te Araroa trail walkers online talking ...
You needed to be online at the exact time the bookings opened and be lucky, it was basically sold out in 30mims this year apparently. So don’t blame yourself, the demand was massive. One day ...
Routeburn Hollyford Humpback or Kepler maybe. Dusky sound makes a more rustic trip with 80% of Milfords scenery and 10% of the crowds
its not feasible to walk the milford track during the booing season without a booking, you have to camp 500m from the track and that is very hard to do safely
Keen are a wide fit. some brands do specific wide fits, you may have to ask at shops about which brands and if they have them.
Hello, I'm finding it hard to find a womans boot wide enough. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I am walking the heaphy in December.
Is it both knees or one? Before my father had his first one done he had a shorter crank on one side of his bike which helped. Otherwise swimming is the best no impact exercise ...
Beaudy, thanks Geeves. I've accepted things aren't going to be like they used to, but anything is better than the painful hobbling I'm doing atm. Cycling has even become a problem, which is the thing ...
My father did carry on doing day walks of up to 30km after having both his done but strict instructions not to twist the knee so substantial care required. His surgeon told him he would ...
Does anyone tramp or know somebody who still tramps after a total knee replacement? What issues (if any) do you/they have? My Doc just gave me the bad news this morning :-(
Was a good trip. Patchy snow from half a kilometre up the Tarn hut side track pretty much complete coverage at the hut and 200mm deep powder in places up Lilbirn Hill. Slippery going down ...
I have been editing the Hiwiroa trip that I posted many years ago to update the route description. I notice a new field there called "Select GPS paths". What goes into that field? I tried the ...
Just noticed that the Check in feature for tracks doesn't seem to be working. The dialog comes up but when you push OK nothing happens.
theres great walks and then theres great walks the routeburn and milford have more money coming in from Ultimate hikes to put into maintaining the track, they few gravel onto the routeburn, covering the alpine section ...
I know of 3 silent caps that are sold via ebay. The original was the BD dragon tamer next was the quietstove copy of the same thing and lastly a Korean cap which is quite ...
Bunnings sell lamp oil under the diggers brand but dont know price. Best bet is look up lubricant wholesalers in your area. They will sell both fulite and burnable kero much cheaper

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Has anyone recently seen if there's still snow at Kaweka tops? Freezing levels have been pretty high, but not sure that means all snow is gone.
Chopper company fined $32,000 after illegal Kaimanawa landings https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12366986
I'm investigating options for a Kaweka tramp. Has anyone gone from the carpark (on my map), crossed the Tutaekuri, and then gone up via The Rogue? The intention is to reach Studholme Saddle Hut. There's a ...
I made a mistake of underestimating how far in advance I needed to book the Milford track, and now there are no vacancies for my time in the Southlands (Jaunary 2021) Any creative ideas on how ...
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Hello, I'm finding it hard to find a womans boot wide enough. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I am walking the heaphy in December.
Does anyone tramp or know somebody who still tramps after a total knee replacement? What issues (if any) do you/they have? My Doc just gave me the bad news this morning :-(
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I have been editing the Hiwiroa trip that I posted many years ago to update the route description. I notice a new field there called "Select GPS paths". What goes into that field? I tried the ...
Just noticed that the Check in feature for tracks doesn't seem to be working. The dialog comes up but when you push OK nothing happens.
Does anyone know if there are any sort of sound dampners for the MSR Dragon Fly that are sold in NZ? If not, is there any tips on how to make it quieter withput affecting ...
FYI - Outdoors Intention Form provided by AdventureSmart (managed by the New Zealand Search and Rescue Council (NZSAR)). They DO NOT store the information you provide. The completed form can be sent to your essential ...
Going up there this weekend.(12/13 September) How busy are these huts. With the snow level quite low and Thursdays forecast what are conditions likely to be? Highest point is 1400 meters
Hi, I'm Christchurch based and keen to do the Rees Dart circuit (4-5 days) from Muddy Creek to Chinamans Carpark sometime in September or October. Looking for any interested partners with alpine experience. Cheers Mike
Is there much of a quality difference between Arcteryx and Kathmandu 3 layer goretex hard shells? Trying to decide if i should fork out on a Arcteryx or save some money and go woth Kathmandu
Anyone who has read the recent issue of Wilderness magazine now knows I'm a tragic snorer. As mentioned in the article, I usually carry enough earplugs to give to those around me in a hut. Having ...
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@Ruahine - You might not be "internal mail enabled", but nice photo's. Particularly the bird shots. That close & sharp for the short time they usually present ?!. Good eye for a landscape & hut ...
Hi all. Does anyone carry a packraft as a matter of course when tramping? Also, does anyone have the Klymit LWD, and if so, how does it go? I've just ordered one. Of course, I don't ...
WARNING! An incredibly long read! Feel free to skip to the walk/s that interest you most. I thought I'd take the time to give my thoughts on the pros and cons of each of the ...
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Kia ora all! Just wondering if anyone has done the full Paparoa Track yet. For those oldies on here, you'll probably remember when I first shared the news that there was going to be a track, ...
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/122626742/wilding-pine-costs-could-soar-past-4b
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Hey, I have the MSR Dragonfly stove and am wondering if it runs well on methylated spirits compqred to white gas (fuellite). White gas is so expensive compared to meths. Also, can fuel be stored ...
Anyone found a useful source for learning how to read and anticipate mountain weather in N.Z? I've read a bit about mountain and valley winds but would like to become more proficient. If you haven't ...
We are a group of 4 starting from Golden Bay on 30 September and arriving in Karamea on 1 October. Is there anyone going the other way over this period who wants to swap rides?
Hello there, We are walking the Heaphy from 29th September- 2nd October, starting from Golden Bay end and finishing in Karimea. Is anyone interested in a key swap?
https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/122520573/docs-plan-to-remove-toilets-will-result-in-carnage-says-tour-guide
https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/300085599/long-john-rope-helps-tourists-off-icy-mountain
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Kia ora koutou! We are a group of three who will be tramping the Heaphy Track over Labour weekend (23-26 Oct 2020). We are walking it from Kohaihai to Golden Bay en and are looking ...
the doco's are screening on tv1 on sundays 12:55 and 2:55 also ondemand after they have screened.. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/first-crossings https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/intrepid-nz
Application by Precision Helicopters Ltd for landings in the Hokitika backcountry Application by Precision Helicopters Ltd for landings in the Hokitika backcountry The Department of Conservation has publicly notified an application for a con...
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What are people getting up to in the hills in the middle of winter, what sort of trips are you managing to do? Short accounts/pictures would be good. I'm curious to see what is possible, what ...
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Hello, I'm a young one wanting to cross a volcano and reach the hotsprings Legs and hitchhiking brought me to Ohakune, but heart and experience are fauling me. Can use some guidance and support. Can ...
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/122322910/residents-worried-about-safety-lengthy-travel-after-surprise-announcement-of-road-closure
I've just been on Mt Tongariro, was coming down to mangatepopo rd end i passed several groups going up and had a chat about where they were going, almost all of them wanted to get to ...
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a post was recently put on a tramping facebook group with over 20,000 followers, the claim was that a named tramping club that is one of the FMC clubs had a dozen people turn up ...
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Cost of miracle rescue mission: What the Defence Force and police put into finding Jessica O'Connor and Dion Reynolds https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12344131
Does anyone have any recent experience with getting a PLB battery replaced, or investigating it? Where did you go and was it worth it? A few years back I recall not seeing it available anywhere outside ...
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Ok, so I finally found where my copy of Moirs North had been 'tidied' to. I'm sitting with it open and the laptop on https://www.topomap.co.nz, and I want to locate a grid reference , say ...
Dr McSweeney told this month's West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board meeting that the tahr population was exploding in the high country, and recreational and trophy hunters were not able to control it. https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/r...
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Just wondering what's needed out there if there's snow and ice about. Are there any areas on track which would really demand the need for an ice axe in addition to crampons? Like any tramper, ...
Some problem with the air inlet hole on units manufactured Oct 2019 & sold Oct-Dec 2019. Return for refund & $20 voucher. https://www.nzhuntingandshooting.co.nz/attachments/f13/1981d1340571366-msr-pocket-rocket-compact-stove-new-sale-plus-ma...
"Why the PCT's Most Iconic Trail Angels Are Retiring Thru-hiker traffic on this western trail is growing faster than the volunteer community's ability to handle it" I've read similar comments from NZers who host TA walkers, one spoke ...
Govt gives $25 million funding boost for conservation tourism https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/govt-gives-25-million-funding-boost-conservation-tourism
We often read of people going tramping while being unprepared for what is before them. Have a look at this rather worrying video which fortunately turns out ok for the trampers. Skip to day two ...
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Where suitable to advertise our overnight self contained hut on our rural property in Waerenga North Waikato? Eco friendly and off grid near stream. Ideal for 2 persons
Has anyone managed to fix a delaminating tent fly? I have a ~10+ year old tent, nylon ripstop fly with polyurethane waterproofing, Macpac Nautilus I believe. The poly waterproofing is coming off, and I have found a ...
Natural hazards aren’t the biggest obstacles getting across the South Island’s main route to the West Coast - it's the NZ Transport Agency. In the interests of “safety” it plans to close the road when it ...
Im trying to decide if I should take two sets of poly pros and fleece jersies, one for tramping and one dry set for use in the hut. From looking at gear lists i see ...
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/green-travel/121806133/coronavirus-tourism-workers-swap-guiding-for-weeding Good to see some good coming out of all of this
Quick general question for those who loan out their PLBs to friends/tramping club members as I have seen it mentioned in a few threads recently; Do you change the emergency contact information every time you lend ...
I see Macpac are having a sale on down jackets. I've looked at the Mercury Hooded one. Any advice?
Hey everyone, just curious if anyone has approached a wallpaper company to custom make topomap wall paper? Or just used paper maps on the wall with wallpaper glue? Then have any tips to make a ...
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