Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sleeping Mat Review

Came across this sleeping mat review that will be of interest to those contemplating a new lightweight mat. I'm pleased my Neo Ultra Lite rated best with this reviewer!

http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/the-best-outdoor-sleeping-pads-for-every-camper-1659697249

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Camp Footwear

Many lightweight trampers scorn camp footwear as unnecessary weight. Personally I love getting into camp and slipping off my tramping shoes to let my feet breath.

I have experimented with a number of sandals and thongs (even a fleeting moment with Crocs). My current choice is the Bedrock Gabbro Lite at just 116gm. In colder conditions, or for sandfly protection,

I team these up with toe socks - not the 5 toe variety, but the Japanese style with two pockets (big toe and rest of toes, sort of like a mitten). I found the basic toe sock was difficult to put on when my feet are damp (like after bathing).

To see the Bedrock range go to HERE

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Some Great Food Ideas

Tracy Tate posted these food ideas from her recently completed PCT hike. It is American based, but there are some great idea for lightweight Kiwi Tramper here - Enjoy

Rambling Hemlock: Food for the PCT

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to Hike Long Distances Each Day

I subscribe to Erik the Black's blog. He has just posted a very interesting article with itineraries on how to hike 15 miles (24ks), 25 miles (40ks) and 30 miles (48ks) at day!

Of course this begs the question, "Do you really want to do that?" Sometimes you may have to.

See Erik's itineraries here http://blackwoodspress.com/blog/20401/how-to-hike-15-to-30-miles-a-day/

I get tired reading them :-)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Te Araroa Trail Book

Just finished Paul Garland's book on his TA Trail experience walking the length of NZ.

It's an excellent book, well written and although expensive in today's literary world I am happy to support Paul. You can checkout contents and purchase at the below website...

http://felt.co.nz/listing/127425/End-to-End-New-Zealand---following-the-Te-Araroa-Trail-on-a-3000-km-journey-from-Cape-Reinga-to-Bluff

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Zpacks Upgrade

I recently sent my Zpacks Arc Blast back to Joe for an upgrade. These are now standard in all current models.

As the photo shows, he now puts a bar across the top of the two stays to stop these "folding in" under load.

Also he has change the way the netting back-rest adheres to the frame. It was originally constructed as a material extension of the seam. This was rather hard to pull through the jam-locks.

As you can see from photo, these are now cord based. A vast improvement.

These improvements come from users comments and Joe's continuous field tests on long-distance hikes. This is what I like about the Zpacks brand - made by experienced lightweight hikers for both the new and seasoned lightweight aficionados.

   

Zpacks Sleeping Bag

It's finally arrived, my new Zpacks sleeping bag. I weighs in at 575 grams (in cuben stuff sack).

I had Joe make this in the longer length as these have no hood and with a beanie on I can also pull up above my head for extra warmth. It is stuffed with the new waterproof down and new pertex fabric cover.

There is an elastic cord to close bag around at the top,

See full details at http://www.zpacks.com/quilts/sleepingbag.shtml

The rating is -7c and from all reviews is true to rating. Labour W/E in Kaimanawa's will test this out!

My current bag, that I will still use for summer, is the Western Mountaineering HighLite - 455 grams. A great bag I have used for a few years now and rates +2c.  

Joe recommends sleeping "zip under" after holding zip horizontally and shaking down so the bulk is on top of you