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Kia ora koutou, I've booked a shuttle From Dart Ford, east end of Wangapeka Track to Nelson airport 16 March 2021. Good opportunity to share the shuttle cost if you want to fly in to Nelson and ...
One thing to consider if using a cellphone is that 111 calls can be routed through any carrier. This has been available since 3g although it wasnt reliable with that as phones would try and ...
using your phone with poor reception forces it to operate at high power to try and maintain the connection. draining the battery a lot faster than around town , where good connectivity allows the phone ...
When telecom started cellphones they had 2 towers in the north island and 1 in the south. I remember a roadshow by the then ceo who very optimistically predicted a time when there would be ...
@geeves how does that work ? I get coverage at Venison Tops, in the Kaweka Ranges, and that’s literally miles ( and a mountain range ) away from a tower. I even used to get coverage when ...
Cell phone coverage is directional and aimed at population centers. Why give coverage to somewhere that often has no one in it. A typical cell site uses more power than a domestic heater. Then it ...
@geeves you might be right. Personally it doesn’t (consciously!) affect what level of risk I’ll accept in a decision. I wonder if there’s any good research done on this yet, as PLBs seem to have ...
I ducked up Mt Brown during Covid lockdown (close to home) and thought I'd have it to myself but met 19 others whilst descending. On the other hand I also did a big day trip ...
off topic, but amazing, mulvany's daughter did an amazing first kayak circumnavigation of svalbard. best performance by supporting actors was the Polar Bears trying to get up close and personal... https://vimeo.com/433238784
Mulvanny is prolific.. he has covered more of Fiordland than anyone. http://mulvanyadventures.blogspot.com/
I had this same issue with the homepage links linking back to the homepage rather than the artical thry were for. Then the next time I looked the links worked. Right now they all link ...
Hi Matthew, FYI: on the home page, in the What's new? section, the 1st 4 items link to their appropriate article. However, the next 4 items actually link to the 1st 4 articles and the remaining ...
Fairly sure there'll be more. Mulvanny in the link above has been working on such a SI trip. Not sure if he's completed it or not yet. I have twice had tramping club members refer to ...
Interesting, so it’s possible Madpom is only the third to complete the full traverse of the Southern Alps on foot/packraft.
Just come back from our hols: Goldsborough and Okarito campgrounds chocker but Molesworth Cob Cottage, not so much. Saw no one on our circuit in Molesworth, which started on the east-west route from Molesworth, heading ...
A guy who called himself "Stephen A Footslogger", otherwise known as Stephen Alderson, did a solo Fiordland traverse in the 1990's. Unfortunately he fell in 2009 on a solo traverse of a range in Kahurangi ...
amazing how many rely on cell phones to call for help. the cell phone connection in the mountains can be marginal at best, heavy rain can kill a connection.. being on top of a ridge ...
PLB do give the option of calling the cavalry. This might not mean you take that flooded river any less seriously but it could easily mean that when you get to a marginal river and ...
Yeah, I don't think many people are really relying on PLBs, per se. I've read (speculative, unprovable) claims that people are more likely to make risky decisions if they have a PLB, or other satellite communication ...
Hi, Are any of these still available? thanks :)
I believe you need to be self sufficient with shelter on a tramp but relying just on a PLB if you land up in the zoodoos is problematic.If you are injured in foul weather,a helo ...
I think outside the main Kiwi peak holiday periods, i.e. not now, things are relatively quiet. I was on Heaphy in late September admittedly before the season starts, and quiet. And likewise in early December combo-ing ...
Great effort, and a big thanks for producing a full route guide to the trip in a way that makes it easily assessable! I'm curious how many have completed a full traverse of the Southern Alps. ...
Thanks for the feedback everyone. We ended up going to the old hut site and up towards Marchant ridge and returning the same way, rather than dropping down to Smith Creek. First outing in a ...
Cheers for the link. Nice summary giving the feel for the trip without going into extensive details.
@Madpom: Thanks for the replies. Mike Abbott did a solo south to north traverse in 1988-1989. He started from Te Waewae Bay, went west to the Waitutu river then north to the end of Farewell Spit, stayed ...
Re ordeal vs enjoyment ... 'Umm'. There were bits of the Fiordland trip I really enjoyed - that are some of my fondest ever memories of tramping. They all fall into the categories of 'tops', 'lakes' and ...
@ian_h I haven't come across any of Mike Abbott's party or any accounts of their trip. I _have_ either read or heard tell of the OUTC trip you mention though, returning via the planned food-drop helicopter. ...
Amazing achievement madpom. I'm seriously impressed and certain that no-one else will repeat this anytime soon. This has to put you right at the top of a handful of elite trampers in this country in terms ...
@Madpom: Did you make use of info from/about Mike Abbott's 1988-1989 traverse of the South Island in figuring out your route? I'm curious if there is a full description of the route he took on ...
I have a vague recollection of a group (OUTC?) walking there in the late ‘80s. They planned to walk there and back, arranged a helicopter food drop for when they arrived at West Cape. The ...
'"… then overland to the Cape" You make it sound so easy!' It wasn't! 3km of scrub-crawling in 4 hours to reach the open tops from Edwardson Sound. But rewarded by an afternoon of excellent, enjoyable ...
That sign is as old as the slip and so rotten its unreadable. That is the blue slip. Only once could I not pick a way across. Someone will force a way across again and ...
The bit I love is "... then overland to the Cape" You make it sound so easy!
Easy 2 days to Supper Cove? Wowsers. It was 13 years ago I did it so it is but a distant memory, but that is not how I would have described it! Great stuff, anyway. What's ...
I haven't been that way since October 2017, when the signposting of the alternate route didn't seem to be there and I accidentally reached the slip when the track abruptly ended in a way I ...
Epic effort @Madpom I hear what you are saying about diaries; once upon a time I used to keep little notebooks of thoughts and experiences from trips I did. My now wife finds them funny when ...
That slip has been noted for about 20 years. Known locally as blue slip. If you follow Docs alternate track 1.5 hours is about right. However the slip is normally easily traversed or if the ...
Easy 2 days from west arm to supper cove with night at Kintail. Carrying 12 day pack including raft, etc. Rafted from 3km below Loch Maree Hut which helped avoid the worst bit. Generally 4hrs ...
How did you get on with the Dusky, @madpom ? Did you walk it, or fly into Supper Cove and start from there?
That would be alot cheaper than the acquaseal!
the bridges that are removed are bridges over side streams... someone drowned a few years ago trying to cross a side stream that had the bridge was removed on... the side stream might look crossable, ...
A very long term commitment! Thanks for that link, I'll surely be referencing that while making some plans for later this year.
A very long term commitment! Thanks for that link, I'll surely be referencing that while making some plans for later this year.
the DOC page notes the slip is still there https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/wellington-kapiti/places/tararua-forest-park/things-to-do/tracks/smith-creek-tauherenikau-river/
@dreambroom [EDIT] Corrected day count [/EDIT] 125 days of tramping from East Cape to West Cape - but it took me from 2007 to 2021 to complete the trip! Certainly much more interesting than Te Araroa. And ...
Hi I’m seeking some updated advice for a day walk with family in the weekend. It’s some time since I’ve done the loop from Kaitoke to the old Dobsons hut site, down to Smith Creek shelter ...
That's great, I've been dreaming of something similar as a more interesting alternative to Te Araroa. Are you working up a trip report, or did you keep a diary going?
That sounds like a good set of solutions. And a good point re: minimal "emergency" shelter (e.g. mylar bag) potentially being a catalyst for dangerous decision making. I've read about some people carrying a tarp ...
I think there are a range of solutions depending on the situation you're going into and whether you're on your own or not. At one end is just taking a mylar survival bag. Cheap and light ...

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Kia ora koutou, I've booked a shuttle From Dart Ford, east end of Wangapeka Track to Nelson airport 16 March 2021. Good opportunity to share the shuttle cost if you want to fly in to Nelson and ...
Hi Matthew, FYI: on the home page, in the What's new? section, the 1st 4 items link to their appropriate article. However, the next 4 items actually link to the 1st 4 articles and the remaining ...
Hi I’m seeking some updated advice for a day walk with family in the weekend. It’s some time since I’ve done the loop from Kaitoke to the old Dobsons hut site, down to Smith Creek shelter ...
Hi guys, Just wondering if the borders between Aus and NZ would be open I would love to do the milford track. Now,I checked already the website and as usual everything it's fully booked for the tramping ...
East Cape ... http://tramper.nz/files/objectversions/28401/east-cape.jpg To West Cape. http://tramper.nz/files/objectversions/28400/20210101_102512.jpg Finally!!!
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MetVUV is showing good stable conditions over the SI from the 27th onwards. A few things 'lurking' off coast, but nothing making landfall. MetService is showing rain or showers every day. Not exactly the certainty I'd like ...
Hi guys, Hope you are well... I was wondering how the absence of tourist and travellers from around the world have impacted the mountains and treks ? More space in the huts ? More silence in the mountains with ...
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HI Wondering if anyone has some accurate info on how to find this Bivvy as the Moirs guide is pretty vague,saying that the bivvy is a couple hundred meters from the river on the TR where ...
I'm definitely a tentaholic and these must go, it's embarrassing how many unused tents I have so have priced them at giveaway prices. Can be picked up in Titahi Bay Wellington or shipped if need ...
New to the area, and these look like the closest spots for me. Not interested in great walks or highly manicured tracks really (but, I have never done the Lake Waikeromoana great walk so i ...
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Hi all, I am after some accurate times for heading into the Beans Burn? I have only made it to the first flat before by way of jet boat a few years ago now. In Moir's it says ...
Worth a look: https://felixpalmer.github.io/new-zealand-3d/ Any other sites that do similar? This seems a step up in quality to the 3D views on google earth.
Hi. Posting this as I often see enquiries whether people need to take a tent on particular trips. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/123459054/tourist-died-of-hypothermia-while-tramping-to-angelus-hut-in-nelson-lakes Seven recommendations we...
"A backcountry expert is calling for a fundamental rethink at the Department of Conservation - away from a focus overseas visitors, towards better serving growing numbers of New Zealanders getting into outdoor recreation. Peter Wilson is ...
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I've run off some up to date 'atlases' for the Backcountry Navigator app - if anyone is interested. These allow you complete NZ coverage of topomaps and WAMS-style access maps when not in coverage. They ...
Edit hut failing with error: === I don't understand this location: "NZTM2000 E1210740, N4932060". === These are the existing coordinates from the previous version of the hut and have not been changed by the edit.
Today was a scorcher and I loathe wearing sunscreen. I’ve been just wearing shorts and a short sleeve top in the heat but am getting more wary of protecting myself against UV exposure. Ideally without ...
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I understand the bridge across the Dart was destroyed during the floods beginning of this year, assume it hasn't, won't be replaced for this summer? Does anyone have an idea how easy it is to cross ...
Hi Guys! My friend and I are keen to explore the South Island by tramping but we dont have any experience. Any of you willing to adopt us in your tramping plans in the south ...
Kia Ora. I’ve returned to Aotearoa after living overseas for a few years. I did most of my tramping in the Scottish highlands or the alps and Pyrenees. The highlands present similar-ish challenges to NZ ...
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Kia ora, If anyone is around Wairoa, I'd be keen to link up for some overnight tramps, friday>sunday evening. I'm moving there from work, having just been in europe for 3 or so years. So totally ...
I've abandoned commercial packs as they are expensive (rip-offs) and unnecessarily heavy for most of my needs Day trips or 2-3 night so far. I'm 67 now and acknowledge weight-saving as a great benefit. Instead I ...
Could anyone please advise if Roaring creek is crossable in heavy rain? It’s the only unbridged stream on this track and the weather outlook for Sunday doesn’t look too good. Thanks in advance! Junet
Kiri Allan Minister of Conservation https://www.labour.org.nz/kiriallan
Heya - just wanted to share my experience of using a facebook group over this site has proven far more useful and just has alot more activity in general. My experience here has been very ...
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Anybody seen anything that-a-way recently ?.
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A locator beacon has proved to be a lifesaver for a father and son stranded in Kahurangi National Park. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/123164922/locator-beacon-lifesaver-for-father-and-son-stranded-on-freezing-national-park-ridge
Leon Kinvig Hut to Toka summit track. Anyone able to enlighten me on this track's current condition? Thanks.
Hello Folks, Apologies if this has already been covered. We are planning to run the Rakiura Track and we cannot find anywhere if there is drinking water supply anywhere on the route? If there is where ...
Bit of an odd one here. But would love to hear from those of you who were out in the bush of Fiordland 30+ years ago. I’ve got a deep fascination with birds that have ...
The Gorge road is closed, is there any other way to get into OF?
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Hi Folks, Both look like great tents but trying to decide between the two. Mainly for myself tramping in the Tararuas but also with my five year old (and getting bigger) son for when we ...
https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/122924992/popular-mt-taranaki-hut-burns-down A popular Mt Taranaki back country hut burnt to the ground at the weekend. On Tuesday, Department of Conservation (DOC) staff confirmed Lake Dive Hut...
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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