14 Aug 2015

Greenbelly Hiking Bars

A few months ago I was alerted to a guy called Chris Cage, an American with a tremendous amount of global hiking and biking experience (yup he has been to NZ). He wanted to develop an all-round lightweight food bar for his adventures (and ours!).

He needed to raise capital and through kickstarter.com he posted his appeal. I loved his entrepreneurial spirit and threw some bucks into the kitty.

He has now launched Greenbelly. I have tasted the new product (see pics below) and they are bloody fantastic! Comes in three flavours. I love the re-seal-able packaging. This and the design was developed via surveys on his kickstarted site.

Greenbelly is organic, gluten free and 1/3 daily food balance.

I am a great fan of Em Bars (Emily Miazga), but these new bars from Chris well and truly match.

They are not available in NZ yet (watch this space!) and I guess if you like Em Bars and do get to taste Greenbelly, nationality may prevail (the later being American and given current exchange rate may be more expensive).

You can order online and Chris will send to you. Check out his website at http://www.greenbelly.co/


7 Aug 2015

I'm 'Back', well Partially

Hi to you all.

I have been away for awhile - no, not in prison :-)

My back finally threw a wobbly after years of wear and tear and after much medical consultation the decision was made to operate.

I am now eight weeks post operative and going great. No more pain in the legs etc and I am 3 inches taller as I can now walk upright again.

I had a L3/4 decompression and fusion with bone graft and benign cyst removed that was also pressing on nerves. 5 hour operation.

I am back walking and averaging about 7 Ks every two days. I did my first day tramp last Saturday. It was the small section of the TA Trail between Albert Town and Wanaka, about 12Ks that I knocked of in 2 hours 15. Pulled up well and no after effects.

I expect to be back into the hills proper end November. As I now live in Wanaka (paradise!) I am planning a lot of trips over summer around this area.

PS: I hope they used titanium for the rods and screws - I don't want to be carrying around too much extra weight :-)