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!  

26 Dec 2014

First Tramp of 2015

Hi fellow trampers, hikers, hill walkers - I trust you all had a 'Turkey of a day' yesterday.

I'm getting excited! The first tramp of the year begins tomorrow. We are completing the Canterbury section of the Te Araroa Trail. Starting near Arthur's Pass to and coming out on Jan 8 at Lake Tekapo.

I will try and post some pictures as we progress as I will be taking my iPhone and Suntactics solar charger. I tested this out in the Kaimanawas on the recent Labour Day W/E trip and it was fabulous.

Here's a couple of pictures of this baby that weighs in at 240g!!

12 Dec 2014

Sleeping Bag

My go to bag is the Western Highlite at 445 grams and +2 c rating (it has hood)
Over the shoulder season I use my Zpacks 20 bag (-7c). This is a true warmth to weight bag, but with no hood. I ordered it in extra length so I can pull it over my face, but wearing a beanie to bed adds warms and protection.

I love this bag!!

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