Hopefully not another one in the Tararua
Stuck in the Atiwhakatu headwaters north of Jumbo (down the spur ESE of McGregor if the big read circle in the Stuff article is accurate) after attempting to get around Baldy and McGregor without overnight equipment. https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/300405603/tramper-still-trapped-after-weather-hampers-two-search-and-rescue-efforts I hope this turns out okay and I know it's totally feasible for a person with the right fitness to get around that loop in a day. Even if he assumed he'd be back before forecast heavy rain on Monday morning, though, weren't some really strong winds forecast long before he'd have set out?
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Have tried the mattress sandwich thing myself many years ago when a day trip became an overnighter. Draughty, prone to deconstructing at the slightest movement and not particularly warm. Not very conducive to a good nights sleep - but as stated, better than nothing. Dogs are, in my experience, preferable for this purpose.
I recall someone's vizsla and I keeping each other warm on a frosty night at Pinchgut Hut. Symbiosis.
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