Peak Bagging New Zealand

General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Jon (aka site admin) on June 18, 2008, 03:09:50 AM

Title: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jon (aka site admin) on June 18, 2008, 03:09:50 AM
New here?   This is the thread to say hi, and tell us about yourself and peak bagging and tramping adventures so far....   whether they've been in New Zealand or elsewhere in the world.

Also, tell us how you heard about this site...  Google, a friend, another website, in the media?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pmcke on June 25, 2008, 01:13:37 PM
I am Peter, active member of the Rotorua Tramping & Skiing Club. I am also a trustee of the Ngongotaha Bush Restoration Trust.

I have been an active tramper since the early 1970s when I lived in Dunedin so have bagged a lot of peaks in my day. However I am not competitive and often find myself bipassing the glory of the summit in favour of and early finish in camp these days.


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jon (aka site admin) on June 25, 2008, 02:06:58 PM
Hi Peter, and welcome.  I just emailed the Ngongotaha Trust Chairman yesterday letting him know about the site and I want to put Ngongotaha on it....  but it sounds like he might hear from you anyway!    Thanks for your info on Ngongotaha, I'll get it on the site as soon as.

We are not at all competitive either, in fact I'm one of the laziest bastards around!    ;D  That's why i figure that if peak bagging can get me doing something active, then it can for other non sporty types too....
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GemPom on August 25, 2008, 02:19:38 PM
Hi all... I'm Gem from England. I arrived in AUckland 4 weeks ago... and I intend to stay!!! Me and my climb buddy labrador Saffy used to 'peakbag' in England before we came out here, so I suppose it would be rude not to carry on the tradition!!!
I would describe my abilities as average although once I get out there I tend to think of myself beyond that :o - but I'm still here so hey!!!!
Anyway, it would be good to meet friends to get out and discover NZ with, especially on the bigger walks that my best friend Saffy can't come with me on!!!! :-\ Gem
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vinodrinker on August 25, 2008, 02:47:36 PM
Hi Gem

Yay the days are getting longer and hopefully sometime it will stop raining and big walks will be on the agenda!!  Welcome to Auckland.  Maybe sometime you can join up with our group of amateurs on a trip!

Put Tongariro crossing on your to do list too ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GemPom on August 29, 2008, 01:23:46 PM
Count me in!!! Some of the tracks I hope to do with the dog, but she can go in Kennels if I can't take her!!! Let me know when you have the longer tramps planned and hopefully I can be there too!!! Thanks x ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Allan on September 01, 2008, 12:44:29 PM
Hi everyone, I'm Allan from Taupo. Just getting into a bit of walking to compliment my running training. Have lived here in Taupo for most of my life, climbed Mt Tauhara for the first time this Saturday, then again on sunday! Most enjoyable. Looking forward to doing it and lots of other peaks in the future, seems like a great way to spend the day.  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jon (aka site admin) on September 02, 2008, 04:54:47 AM
welcome Allan....  Taupo's a pretty good place to live for such an activity... practically the whole North island within reach....  and all those little old North Island volcanoes around the Waikato and BOP too
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vinodrinker on September 02, 2008, 06:55:24 AM
Hi Allan. Im the opposite, doing some running to train for my walking hehe

Tauhara is on my list. will be in taupo in about 3 weeks to do it (and pureroa)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Ash Bash on November 12, 2008, 02:32:36 PM
Hi I am Ashley.

I am nearly 10 years old.

My favourite mountain is Mt Auckland. There is a viewing tower at the top.

The hardest mountain I have climbed is Mt Karioi which took six and a half hours. The thing a liked about Karioi was the chains and the stairs and the good lookout.

The highest mountain I have climbed is Mt Pureora. I was in the lead most of the way. We climbed it with our friends. You could see other mountains with snow on them.

Mt Te Aroha is the biggest climb up I have done. At the top we got yummy food for lunch.

The best thing is that after the climbs we get ice creams.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Claire Bear on November 12, 2008, 02:40:45 PM
Hi i am Claire i am ash bash's twin

My favourite mountain is Mt Tauhara.  At the top there were big rocks you could stand on or sit on.  There was a great view looking over Taupo.

Kohukohunui is the longest one I have done.  It took five and a half hours. There were lots of interesting trees.  At Twin Peaks there were lots of big Kauri trees.

On top of Mt Baldy it was really windy and cold. We wouldnt stay there long because we would be shivering.

It is fun and it is interesting and you get time with your family doing it together.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jon (aka site admin) on November 12, 2008, 03:21:36 PM
Hiya Ash Bash and Claire Bear!  Welcome...

Icecreams huh?  I tell ya what there is nothing like gorging yourself on treats after bagging a peak.  Icrecreams, chocolate, pizza.... it's all good!  At least you know that for that day at least it won't make you fat!

Yeah a lot summits are cold like Mt Baldy Claire.  We climbed Mt Arthur in the South Island, and we sat just below the summit in the sunshine eating lunch.  Probably about 20 degrees.  Then we climbing a little way up to the summit, and the wind from the south was just freeeezing.  I swear is was only about 5 degrees.  A bit of shock after sitting in the sun.

Glad to hear you're enjoying yourselves...  we've got some great photos of you on the site.  I found another of you the other day that I hope to get on the front page soon.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitbat on April 10, 2009, 03:23:19 PM
Hi, I'm Margaret, I do a lot of tramping and love getting up to the summits of hills and mountains and enjoying the views. My favourite places are Mt Hikurangi, Lake Waikaremoana and Tongariro National Park.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ellisp on May 05, 2009, 12:54:06 PM
Hi

I'm Peter Ellis (no, not that Peter Ellis - I'm younger than him, Australian, and work in overseas aid).  Currently living in Wellington, but originally from Australia.  I've hiked a fair bit in Australia, mainly in the south-west, one amazing trip up to the Kimberley, and New South Wales / ACT particularly the Budawangs, Namadgi national park.  I also spent a couple of years living in Timor Leste, where I managed to do a fair bit of walking and even some peak-bagging.  I recommend Mt Matebian in the east...

In Wellington, my personal project is to climb all the 1,000m+ named peaks in the Tararuas.  I've so far done about 30 out of a (without stopping to count them properly...) 70.  But those were the 30 closest to Wellington - this could take a while yet.  Anyone out there actually done it (or even just counted them exactly...)?  If anyone's got any tips, or bits of history on the Tararuas, I'm interested to hear them.  I'm also looking for copies of old guidebooks of the Tararuas, particularly Merv Ropdgers' Tararua Footprints (otherwise only available through the Wellington library).

I tramp solo, with my partner, or a range of my friends from work.  I also rock climb a bit, and am hoping to get into mountaineering while I live in the right country to learn...

I also have an interest in learning from tramping/climbing accidents, and think New Zealand could do with an equivalent of the must-read annual Accidents in North American Mountaineering.

Looking forward to participating more in Peak Bagging NZ!

PE
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: curtly on May 10, 2009, 11:22:45 AM
Hi all,

My name is Curtly and techically I don't live in NZ I'm on the other side of the ditch on the Gold Coast in Oz. I have however done some tramping around the south island. My wife and I walked Key Summit, we learnt some valuable lessons about midges, mud and possums at the hut on the Welcome Flat track. We went to Glenorchy to do the Rees-Dart track, but unfortunately it snowed down to 900m it was November :o!!, neither of us have any experience or equipment for that sort of tramping so that effectively can that which  left us a spare week . So we did some other smaller day walks around the place.

I do a lot of peak bagging here though. Coming into winter the days have been around 26c, just right for climbing. Last Saturday I climbed with 2 other blokes up Mt Warning for the sunise. It's a 3-4hr climb up the 1,156m mountain. The track is basically 8.8km return. We left at 2.30am and reached the summit at 6am.Just in time.

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z272/curtlycurtly/MtWarningSunrise1.jpg)

I have also climb a number of local mountains of the years.
I saw this site advertised in the April 2009 NZ Wilderness mag and thought it was pretty cool.

Curt.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jon (aka site admin) on May 15, 2009, 06:59:24 AM
Hi Curt, and welcome....

I was suprised to see quite a few nice peaks around Queensland...  we've done that one by Sunshine coast airport...  I always forget the name.

Feel free to compile an Aussie list for us and post it here on the forums!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: racoonpete on August 31, 2009, 12:47:03 PM
Hi all, my names Peter and I live in Hamilton. I've done all the local peaks and bush walks around the Waikato and now have to travel further a field for new challenges.
My love of tramping started with geocaching. As I did all the easy caches around Hamilton I started doing the one's that required a walk in the bush. The more I did the more I liked it, now you'll find me out and about most weekends in the bush geocaching and bagging peaks.
Also, I'm in training at the moment as I'm walking the Milford track in March next year.
Cheers, Pete.


 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vinodrinker on August 31, 2009, 04:25:59 PM
Hi Pete

Funny, we have found a couple of geocaches without even looking for them. One was at the top of Kaweka J under the rubble at the foundations of the now non existant trig.  Seems a long way to go to such a remote spot to tick that one off. We left our name on the piece of paper inside and also left the link to this site hehe

Also chatted to a guy on Mt Te Aroha who tracked down the one that is near the summit there..

I know what it is like having to go further afield for new bags.  I haven't added to my list since february, though now summer is approaching will will be climbing a few more!

C
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GuanoGerbil on October 14, 2009, 02:43:11 PM
Like racoonpete (as I've only just now discovered!), I am a geojunkie . Geocaching often gives me an excuse to go and bag a few peaks to keep fit, but now I've stumbled upon this site, I've now got another one! ;D

I quite enjoy a bit of hard tramping to keep fit, with the odd epic thrown in for fun (3 or 4 day tramps done as a day walk). But what I really live for is climbing, especially in the mountains, so this site suits me quite well!

I'm a member of the CNI section of the NZ Alpine Club and help out with snowcraft instruction each winter up on Ruapehu. I'm happy to help out in any way I can in regards to any questions/advice required on the white stuff.

This site is a great idea - now I've actually got a reason to bag those peaks  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SpaceMonkey on November 03, 2009, 04:21:19 PM
Guess I should formall introduce myself...

My names Dave and I grew up in the Bay of Plenty. Wasn't too much much of a tramper growing up but still managed to knock off a few on this list with family, school trips etc. Moved to Australia a few years back and got more into it whilst over there with my Australian fiancee. Now back in NZ for a bit and keen to bag a few more!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jon (aka site admin) on November 05, 2009, 07:58:46 PM
Welcome Guano and SpaceMonkey.... great to have to you here!

We're really glad you find the site useful....     

I'm afraid to try geocaching Guano, as I know I'll just become a addict to that as well!  One crazy tramping addiction is enough!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ahmcdowall on January 01, 2010, 08:07:15 AM
Hi, I'm Andy and I've recently moved to windy Wellington from rainy Scotland.
I've climbed a fair few peaks back home and I'm looking forward to getting some proper exposure to the NZ mountains. I've a ten day holiday coming up where I intend to attempt some of the peaks in the Tongariro National Park.

One thing I started getting into back home was ridge walking/scrambling and I'm hopping there'll be opportunities here to further pursue this.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kyb3r on January 22, 2010, 04:30:18 AM
Hi, My name's Mark.  Currently living in Hamilton as a CompSci student at Waikato Uni.  I found this site after researching usernames in the logbook of a geocache I stumbled upon accidentally at the summit of Karioi (GuanoGerbil, The Freezer Mice). Looking to start bagging a few peaks in the Waikato region to start with.  I'm relatively unfit, but this gives me a reason to get fit... I'm also looking to pick up GPS and start geocaching.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vinodrinker on January 22, 2010, 09:47:12 AM
Hi Mark

Guano's been everywhere man!  Peak bagging is a good start to get fit and not as boring as staring at a wall in a gym!!  My fitness noticably improved to the point now that I run also to go the next step. Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GuanoGerbil on January 22, 2010, 12:02:06 PM
G'day Mark - nice to have another bagger from The Tron!
Well done finding my geocache without even using a GPS, and pleased to know that it brought you to this site! The fact that you stumbled upon the cache suggests it has been moved and was plainly visible? If that's still the case, then I may have to go for another walk up there for a bit of cache maintenance before it gets muggled. Any excuse wil do  ;D
Geocaching is another good fitness motivator if you're going to go for the more adventurous ones (I've got one on Pirongia as well if you're keen). You can bag a peak AND a cache at the same time. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kyb3r on January 23, 2010, 05:11:09 AM
G'day Mark - nice to have another bagger from The Tron!
Well done finding my geocache without even using a GPS, and pleased to know that it brought you to this site! The fact that you stumbled upon the cache suggests it has been moved and was plainly visible? If that's still the case, then I may have to go for another walk up there for a bit of cache maintenance before it gets muggled. Any excuse wil do  ;D
Geocaching is another good fitness motivator if you're going to go for the more adventurous ones (I've got one on Pirongia as well if you're keen). You can bag a peak AND a cache at the same time. Enjoy!

Yeah, the cache was just sitting directly under to the weather meter.  I'm pretty keen to start Geocaching.  I've created myself a profile on the website, but I'm not going to start logging caches until I get a GPS (and that won't be anytime soon due to finance :/ ).  Doing so gives me an excuse to do Karioi again, and I'll drag my sister up with me.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vinodrinker on January 23, 2010, 09:25:19 AM
trade me is the best place to buy gps. lots of new ones on there at half retail price
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Inspector Clouseau on January 25, 2010, 08:41:26 AM
Hi, my name's Steve and I've been in NZ nearly 4 years now but I guess I'm still a Pom.

Most my tramping experience is from the English Lake District and it is still a magical place in my memories. I saw the South Island for the first time last year and I could happily get lost forever up in the those exposed glacial mountains. However, for now, I'm Auckland based and working on hardening my two kids to the rigeours of tramping (evil, bad dad!!!), making the best of the North Island's volcanoes.

This year I've set my sights on the 'Naki, Te Aroha, Pirongia and all the Auckland/Northland peaks but I'll leave the kids behind for the big climbs. My favorite NZ place to date is Tongariro national park, both winter and summer. I'm pleased I've found this website and want to congratulate all those who have made it what it is, you've done a great job. I hope I can add rather than detract.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jon (aka site admin) on January 25, 2010, 09:00:21 AM
Welcome, Inspector Clouseau, great to have to you here.  I loved the Lake District too.... I'm a bit of a saddo fan of the Wainwright books.

By the way, how did you find this site?   Google, or somewhere else...?

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GuanoGerbil on January 26, 2010, 03:58:25 AM
Welcome aboard Inspector! Good to see the posts flowing already. I too loved the Lake District and ended up marrying a Pom and bringing my souvineer back here.
Incidently Jon, I originally came across your site whilst searching Google for info about a peak I wanted to do (I think it was Makorako). The name of the site sparked my curiosity enough to check out what it was all about - one quick look and I was in!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Inspector Clouseau on January 26, 2010, 12:02:38 PM
Welcome, Inspector Clouseau, great to have to you here.  I loved the Lake District too.... I'm a bit of a saddo fan of the Wainwright books.

By the way, how did you find this site?   Google, or somewhere else...?



I found you when trying to track down info about Te Aroha (which I'm climbing with a friend next weekend). I think I Google'd or Wiki'd "highest peak in kaimai ranges" and stumbled on this excellent site. I must admit to ruining my last weekend researching my next weekend and setting up my bag list ... ho hum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GuanoGerbil on January 27, 2010, 02:49:38 AM
There's a few geocaches on Te Aroha now - one of which is mine too. If you don't have a GPS by then, you could still find my one by the clue given  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mountainlass19 on March 10, 2010, 12:45:12 AM
Hi,
My name is Mary and many years ago I did a lot of walking, and tramping. Then for approx. 20 years I have been unwell. Now I am getting my health back, and, slowly but surely, getting back into it. In the past I did walking and tramping in Mt. Cook area, Wellington, Queenstown, and other areas. It is one of the 'loves' of my life, and it's so great to feel 'well again' to be able to do it again. My first love is 'nature photography' - lakes, mountains, flora, birds, animals, tracks, views, etc. Anything to do with nature. I am married with a grown up son. We have a fox terrier who comes on the smaller walks with me. We live close to the lake front and so have some nice walks down there. I love feeding the ducks, seagulls etc. I get a lot of enjoyment out of that. And also getting 'action shots' of them. Lately I have done Queenstown Hill, Kelvin Heights Walkway, Sunshine Bay Walkway. Like I said, I'm only just starting again, after a very long time. It's so wonderful to get back out in the 'big outdoors'. Hopefully you will like my "Bagging Queenstown Hill" with photos when I send it in. Mary J., Queenstown, N.Z.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GuanoGerbil on March 10, 2010, 04:23:08 AM
Welcome Mary. Hopefully this site inspires you to get back out there as much as it has done so for me.
I was in Queenstown a couple of months ago and was really impressed with the place - can't wait to get back there one day. I wasn't able to bag any of the peaks there at the time unfortunately, so I look forward to seeing the photos of what I missed.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GreenBLAT on April 02, 2010, 02:15:29 PM
Hello we're team GreenBLAT - Bailey Lucy Alan & Tina.

Have been fond of getting to the top of hills since I was in the scouts and now have fun dragging the family out. Higher and Harder the better. Recent years has seen the enthusiasm rekindled by finding geocaches at the top of hills. Even large flat hills with no views thanks GG  ;)

Alan
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GuanoGerbil on April 05, 2010, 07:12:39 AM
Nice to have another cacher onboard - welcome team GB!
And nice to know there's another Maratoto summiter amongst us now - although I can't possibly think what would have inspired you to do such a thing!   ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: c-naptik on July 07, 2010, 07:16:22 PM
Hello!

I'm a Frenchman who moved to Northern Norway 3 years ago. I'm originally from the South Pacific area, as I was born in New Caledonia 29 years ago but I grew up in France.

My wife and I just bought our plane tickets yesterday for our first trip to New Zealand, we'll be there all of January 2011. Not the best month from what I've been reading because of the hordes of tourists but we didn't really have any other alternative! This is a dream coming true, as I have been wanting this trip for so many years...Even before I moved to Norway, I hesitated between this or New Zealand :)

I became obsessed with going mountain hiking (or tramping as you say) when I came to Norway. We are lucky to live in an area surrounded by mountains (up to 1600 m high) and fjords, visiting about 20 tops a year either on skis or on foot. No need to say that I am extremely excited about trying some peaks in NZ!

Came across your website and forum by googling "new zealand mountain hiking" and I find this peak bagging concept fun and interesting. Maybe I should "steal" the idea and create a similar one for Norway? :)

I'm currently browsing your list of tops (mostly interested in the South Island) but would greatly appreciate if someone could give me a list of 5-10 tops of the following type. Please bear in mind that this is the sort of mountains I am used to, I am yet unsure of what to find exactly in NZ:

- 1000-1500m ascension
- quite steep (25-30 degrees?)
- mostly bare or low tree-line
- breathtaking summit view for picture taking :D

Thanks a lot for your help!



Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vinodrinker on July 12, 2010, 05:33:56 AM
Hi c-naptik

Sorry I am a north island one so not too much experince in south island

One I have done is Ben Lomand in queenstown is a awesome climb with great views.  If you climb it from the bottom (lake level) to the top it is a good 1300m vertical climb.  of course you then also get to experience queenstown

Although I havent done it, avalanche peak in arthurs pass would be another one for great alpine views. This is 1000 odd m vertical climb

The king of them all I guess and as far as I am aware the highest alpine 'hike' in new zealand is Tapuae o uenuku which climbs to 2885m asl with 2500m vertical climb.  I would say in January you would probably still need crampons though in early march it is basically completely bare. 3 day hike though unless you are ed hillary. i wanna do it!!  here are some great pictures from a famous father and son hiking pair....

http://hellmission.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=8465323 (http://hellmission.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=8465323)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dodgy on July 28, 2010, 07:12:32 AM
Hi all,

long-time South Island tramper who has recently wandered noprth to the Waikato area.

Have tramped a lot of tracked and untracked areas in the Nelson and Marlborough areas with Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks definite favourites.

Never been a big mountain climber as such (in the snow and ice sense) but have always enjoyed getting up on the tops rather than being stuck down in the bush.

Looking for some challenging trips in the Waikato area so all suggestions welcome.

Will have to start knocking off some of the North Island peaks.

Cheers
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dodgy on July 28, 2010, 07:19:38 AM
Hello!

I'm a Frenchman who moved to Northern Norway 3 years ago. I'm originally from the South Pacific area, as I was born in New Caledonia 29 years ago but I grew up in France.

My wife and I just bought our plane tickets yesterday for our first trip to New Zealand, we'll be there all of January 2011. Not the best month from what I've been reading because of the hordes of tourists but we didn't really have any other alternative! This is a dream coming true, as I have been wanting this trip for so many years...Even before I moved to Norway, I hesitated between this or New Zealand :)

I became obsessed with going mountain hiking (or tramping as you say) when I came to Norway. We are lucky to live in an area surrounded by mountains (up to 1600 m high) and fjords, visiting about 20 tops a year either on skis or on foot. No need to say that I am extremely excited about trying some peaks in NZ!

Came across your website and forum by googling "new zealand mountain hiking" and I find this peak bagging concept fun and interesting. Maybe I should "steal" the idea and create a similar one for Norway? :)

I'm currently browsing your list of tops (mostly interested in the South Island) but would greatly appreciate if someone could give me a list of 5-10 tops of the following type. Please bear in mind that this is the sort of mountains I am used to, I am yet unsure of what to find exactly in NZ:

- 1000-1500m ascension
- quite steep (25-30 degrees?)
- mostly bare or low tree-line
- breathtaking summit view for picture taking :D

Thanks a lot for your help!





Hi c-naptik,

can offer you a few options in the Nelson/Marlborough area.

As Vino mentioned Tapuae-o-Uenuku (Tapi) is a great tramp when snow-free, especially if you want views. It is often without snow on the main route up the Hodder River by January, but it would be a matter of checking the weather when you get here.

Mt Angelus in Nelson Lakes National Park is also a very picturesque trip with a couple of nice alpine Lakes. It's a touch over 2000m but an easy climb from Sunset Saddle.

Mt Arthur in Kahurangi National Park near Nelson would also be an easy scramble in summer and achievable in a day if you're not too sluggish. I've only climbed it in winter with heavy snow, but it was still simple enough.

Hope that's some help.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GuanoGerbil on July 29, 2010, 03:29:38 AM
Hmm...what's you're definition of challenging? ;D
The tramps up here around the Waikato are all bush-clad and predominantly rather "moist" shall we say. If you want to get out of the perpetual mud and out onto the tops like me, you'd need to head down to the central plateau. Some good walks up and around the volcanos, including the 'Naki. The Kaimanawas are my favourite place to be with beautiful ancient beech forest (very different vegetation to the Waikato), no mud, and endless open tops walking with fantastic views. Other than that, there's the tops of the Kawekas before going further south again to the Ruahines.
Of course this time of year there's probably going to be snow around the tops, so you'd need to know about alpine travel before heading up there. If you're into the alpine scene at all (how could anyone not be??), then this is the best time of year!
Good to hear you're moving up into my part of the world Dodgy - I'm looking forward to picking your brains on Tapi some time.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vinodrinker on July 29, 2010, 05:58:43 AM
cummon guano. lets do it this summer!  ;D
tapi or bust, i got quite a bit of info on it filed away
yes i know you will have to do an overnight and carry a big pack but it does look a very cool bag
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dodgy on July 29, 2010, 11:13:59 AM
Thanks Gerbil. I'll take a look at those areas.

By challenging I'm normally seraching for long, on the tops and preferably untracked or limited tracks in the back country. (Five passes or Dragons Teeth type trips if anyone is familiar with these trips either from experience or Classic Tramping).

I'm not a great alpinist but willing to learn! Snow has normally been an inconvenience rather than sort after substance for me.

If you ever need info on Tapi feel free to hit me up, though the trip is very straight forward in summer, just relatively long.

BTW if you don't want to overnight it can be done in one looooong day (16 hours or so). Had a crack at that once but the weather (luckily?) turned us back relatively early.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GreenBLAT on July 29, 2010, 01:47:46 PM

I'm currently browsing your list of tops (mostly interested in the South Island) but would greatly appreciate if someone could give me a list of 5-10 tops of the following type. Please bear in mind that this is the sort of mountains I am used to, I am yet unsure of what to find exactly in NZ:

- 1000-1500m ascension
- quite steep (25-30 degrees?)
- mostly bare or low tree-line
- breathtaking summit view for picture taking :D

Thanks a lot for your help!


The latest issue of Wilderness Magazine (Aug 2010) arrived today - It has an article called "Top 10 non-technical mountain climbs" that would seem to meet your requirements.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GuanoGerbil on July 30, 2010, 08:33:38 AM
Thanks GreenBLAT - I'll go grab a copy.

Dodgy, a few walks that spring to mind to get you started:
Apart from the volcanic peaks Of Ruapehu, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Taranaki in the summer, there's the Tongariro Alpine Crossing of course and the Northern Circuit around Ngauruhoe. Round the Mountain (Ruapehu) if you're looking for a very long walk. Umukarikari and the Urchin in the Kaimanawas are a couple of must do walks along the tops and can be combined in a day walk via the new linking track, or by the longer loop via Waipakihi hut and a river bash along Waipakihi River. With an even longer walk you can traverse The Middle Ranges via Thunderbolt. If you want a real tops overdose, the Urchin, Thunderbolt, Waipakihi hut, Umukarikari loop will do it for you. A long day walk if you're into that sort of thing, or stop at the hut on the way.
Plenty of tops walking along the Kawekas as well, but this is much further to get to, and I don't find it quite as nice as the Kaimanawas.
Round the 'Naki involves a lot more bush and mud, so not really what you're looking for. The northern circuit at Taranaki however makes a good day walk which takes you over Henry Peak with a side excursion to Pouakai a possibilty as well.
The Great Walk around Lake Waikaremoana is another must do, although this doesn't involve any tops. I would recommend it as a day walk if fit (it took me 10 hours) to avoid lugging a pack and fighting for a bunk at the end of the day.
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Post by: Dodgy on July 31, 2010, 05:16:14 AM
Thanks Gerbil. I'll check them out.

Also dug out my Classic Tramping and it has an interesting Kaweka-Kaimanawa traverse that could be woth looking in to as well.
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Post by: Highalpine on June 29, 2011, 02:51:11 AM
Hi everyone.

My Name is Paul Joyce. I'm a keen mountianeer but mainly only climb in winter. I have been a keen hiker from a young age (bagged Mt Hector when i was 14) I'm a graduate of Tai Potini Polytech outdoor recreation course and an experenced Ski Patroller.
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Post by: GuanoGerbil on June 29, 2011, 10:11:18 AM
Welcome aboard Paul. Nice to know there's another gerbil amongst us  ;D