Mar 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm #1286888
Next Friday (16th March), I am off to NZ for two and a half weeks to walk a 10 day section of the Te Araroa. This section is about 100km, involves alot of vertical distance, but not alot of horizontal distance, with daily walking times averaging around 5 hours. If the weather is good and I am feeling fit, I will probably do some double section days an try to knock it off in about 7 days.
As for the conditions, the temp range should be about -5C (-10C extreme) to 25C (35C extreme), with bus loads of sandflies and pretty high UV. I have attached the list in my profile and am about to try it out on a hike in the Blue mountains. Suggestions would be very helpful (though I won't have time to buy really specialized gear)!
JeremyMar 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm #1851480
If the UV is supposed to be really bad – what about a little sunscreen? Or perhaps you've got a LS hiking shirt that I missed. If it's supposed to be buggy, I'd bring a cheap head net to keep the bugs out of your face. Overall I'd say you're looking pretty good. Didn't see water tx though.Mar 11, 2012 at 3:04 am #1851895
I was wondering what route you were planning to tramp. Going by the temperature ranges and amount of up/down it sounds like the South Island, maybe the Richmond Ranges or Nelson Lakes over Waiau Pass. Anyway whereever, its all fabulous country.
One thing I noticed on your gear list (rest looks good btw) was that you are intending to use gas stoves in the huts for cooking. Actually most tramping huts in New Zealand don't have gas cookers, only the huts on the Great Walks and a few very popular huts elsewhere have gas cookers in them. So you should expect to take a cooker with you. Airlines don't like gas cannisters in packs (long story…;-) but gas bottles are available everywhere from harware shops, The Warehouse, and camping shops obviously. Meths (metho) is also available from the same places if alcohol stove are more your style. If you are planning to stay in the huts grab some huts tickets from DOC for about $5 each. Most huts require one ticket per night, some (especially if they have gas cookers) require two or three.
Enjoy your trip and be sure to post a trip report when you're back.
OT, but how do you find the Zpacks cuban WP/B coat?Mar 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm #1852170
Hi Seth and Barry,
Thanks for your feedback!
Seth: Indeed I will be bringing sunblock and insect repellent but it is buried deep within the "other" pile in the gear list.
Barry: You hit the nail on the head, I will be doing Pelorus river track and Richmond range as a 9 day section. Also, thanks a bunch for your advice regarding the cookers, I started to think about that on my training hike. I had just heard from friends about using gas cookers on their trip and was going to look it up. As there should not be too much wind in the huts (?) I might save a bit of weight and leave my Calderra Cone at home and make myself a coke can stove.
Also, so far the Zpacks jacket has been ok. It busted a small hole in a heavy scrub bashing session (quickly fixed with tape) and isn't as breathable as some, but generally works well and is very light. If you are thinking about one, I would definitely advise using Joe's single sided cuben tape rather than seam sealing it!
Jeremy.Mar 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm #1852284
You shouldn't need to purify the water anywhere along the route unless your water suply is straight out of a scummy tarn. All river/stream/hut water tank water is good to drink.Mar 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm #1853952
Thanks again Barry.
Someone I was talking to also recommended microspikes as there has been some snow further south. I have never used microspikes or anything similar (only cross-x skis), would you say I need these?
Jeremy.Mar 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm #1853978
I would say no, crampons/microspikes/iceaxe wouldn't be needed. What snow there is, is likely to be melting/melted away with the sun/rain we've had lately, and certainly not enough to worry about.Apr 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm #1867062
Thanks a bunch for the Gear advice. I have posted a quick post trip gear list for anyone interested.
Jeremy.Apr 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm #1867216
LOVED your comment about this piece of gear. I would like to hear more details about the dual use.Apr 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm #1868795
Yeah I was really really surprised that this mat held up so well. My neoair which also uses a 30d fabric always seems to blow holes, but I have used this one far far more and it hasn't ever thought of developing a hole.
As a lilo it also worked great. Plenty of floatation and it ran over a bunch of sharp rocks without any problems (I was taking a risk of course and I wouldn't advise people to rely on it). For fast grade one or easy grade 2 it is pretty much perfect. Finding a way to carry your pack properly is a bit of mission though.Apr 19, 2012 at 2:48 am #1868919
Wow – creative use of the raft and impressed it held up. Assume the rapids flowed well and there wasn't too much rock scraping.
My Aloksak bags also failed and like you I've gone to cuben sacks.Apr 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm #1869271
There was actually quite alot of rock scraping. A couple of times I was sure it would split in two but it somehow held up! Again, this was probably largely to do with luck.
Interesting to hear you had the same thing with the Aloksacks, sounds like they are just not up to the task.
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