6 Mar 2015

Outdoor Beer

OK how many of you have been in the bush for a few days and at the end of a days slog, sit around the camp fire and yearn for a cold brew? Your dreams have come true. Now you can have a cold beer kilometers from a pub with Pat's Outdoor brew kit.

Check Pat's purchasing kit and flavours HERE 

I am just hanging out for the wine version. Although being a 'wine snob' feel this will be nothing like a fab 1998 French Burgundy :-)

4 Mar 2015

New Meal Bars from Greenbelly

I discovered these new Greenbelly Meal Bars via John Abela's blog. I currently swear by Em Bars but Chris the founder of this company is on Kickstart raising funds to gear up production. I love his entrepreneurial spirit so I've Kicked in a few buck and get a sample tasting and help him on his way.

You can check these meal bars at:

24 Feb 2015

Patagonia Houdini Hiking Pants

They've arrived! Can't get these in NZ and US sites will not ship. But I used the the https://www.nzpost.co.nz/tools/youshop site. What a great service. Suppliers will ship free to this US address and they on ship to your NZ address. The freight was $US17 and I got the pants on sale at $US67 - usually $US99. I'm wrapped.

I never hike in long pants, but in preparation for my TGO Scotland hike I purchased these (apparently lots of ticks there) . 

They are deigned for trail running. They fit true to size (M) and are so light at 90grm on my scales (Patagonia say 87). Fabric is more robust than my Montbell wind pants that I occasionally use around camp in shoulder seasons.

Web research is full of praise for these pants. Looking forward to trying them in two weeks on the Able Tasman (if weather is cool)


19 Feb 2015

Wind Jackets

Once again John Abela hits a home run. He has just posted a great review on the difference between three of the markets leading UL wind jackets - Montbell Tachyon, Patagonia Houdini and Zpacks.

It make interesting reading Check it out HERE

13 Feb 2015

Lightweight Shelters

Hi - Lightweight blogger, John Abela has put a ton of effort into building a comprehensive list of lightweight shelters. It's organic and John is constantly updating this.

This will save you a heap of research time - Thanks John!

See the list at http://bit.ly/1gzDky6

25 Jan 2015

Gear Update

Hi All - It's a lazy long anniversary w/e here - happy 175 Auckland. I'd love to be tramping, but the back is still keeping me 'grounded', a bloody nuisance! So I spent some time today on my blog putting links into my gear list. This will help you with your gear research.

I also posted some new photos of the Xmas trip on TA Trail

Christmas 2014 - Canterbury Section of the TA Trail

Donald, Lynda, Kathy and I knocked off the Canterbury Section of the Te Araroa Trail. I started with a bad back and was fortunate enough to survive the first two sections from Cora Lynn car park through to the Ragitata River, albeit scoffing 'vitamin i' tabs all the way!

We had great weather except one day. Missing the Two Thumbs Range was a blow. Don, Kathy and Lynda went on. After I left at Potts Bridge they crossed the Rangitata OK. Their confidence boosted by meeting Carol and Matt who had just crossed. Brent drove in with our re-supply and to pick up Matt/Carol. I was very lucky in being able to get a ride through to ChCh airport with Matt.

I am sorry to report as of today, the back is no better and I have the ATC trip on Great Barrier to lead in two weeks!