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General Discussion / Update
« on: February 10, 2018, 05:32:30 AM »
Hi to anyone passing through here!

Fixing up the site glitches and getting the peak logging features enabled again!  We're still here...  just quietly here

Belmont Trig / test
« on: November 07, 2016, 03:56:54 AM »
test tes

Hi all,

We're kicking of summer by passing on an invitation from Claire Clements who is a researcher with the Natural History TV producers in Dunedin ( They are in the early stages of making a TV series about NZ's national parks, and they are looking for interesting peak bagging stories for potential inclusion in the series.

So if you're interested in sharing your peak bagging adventures with the world, email Claire at CClements@NHNZ.TV

Here's some of the types of things she’d love to hear about from people:

  • Any big plans in 2012 to bag a peak in a National Park for an individual or a group? It would be good to talk to people that peak bag together or in certain groups – couples/siblings/best friends/ families…
  • Any big moments for a peak bagger coming up in 2012 – planning to bag your 50th, 100th peak?? Planning to get married on a peak?
  • Any life changing moments for people from participating in peak bagging in a National Park?
  • People who are peak bagger’s and also has involvement in the park in another capacity i.e. tour guide, fauna/flora researcher, artist

"So we are looking for interesting stories from people but also any upcoming peak bagging plans (that we could potentially film).

The National Parks we will be covering (with peaks) are:

Westland/ Tai Poutini

It is early days of research so we’ll have to see how things pan out but I think peak bagging could be a great story and certainly is something that happens a lot in national parks."

Interested? Email Claire at CClements@NHNZ.TV

General Discussion / General Update
« on: February 05, 2011, 10:41:15 AM »
Hi all,

I thought it was about time I owed you a general update...

From our point of view, things have been a little quiet on the site (although all you great people have been keeping things rolling in the forums!), and needless to say my New Year's resolution was to devote some more time to!  A couple years back I gave up the day job, with the intention of working freelance and also having some more time to spend on this site.  Well, the freelance work went well - but the free time - not so much. Any spare time was taken up with finding and then doing freelance work. And that hasn't changed.

Throw in an OOS foot injury (plantar fasciitis), and peak bagging activities took a break for a while. Thankfully my foot's better, and it survived the Routeburn track more or less pain free!

But, New Year, and a new strategy for the site...  see:

If anyone knows someone who wants to get something for their CV - this is a great opportunity. In this job market, it always helps to have an extra referee and experience on your CV!

I've also removed all the Google ads from the site, as most of them weren't relevant, and they only brought in about $150 in two years. I never made this site to make money, but the ads were there to contribute to hosting costs etc.

Instead, if you want to support this site, you are welcome to donate via Paypal.

Any money received via that method will be channelled straight back into the site - eg website management, development, hosting, advertising.  This is all about spreading the word and making the site better, not making money!

So, I'm loathe to make promise of lots of updates soon - but as time allows, hopefully we'll get some new updates and peaks up soon! 

Top of our to do list is to fix the bugs with the leaderboard and spammers problems - unfortunately the developer who originally coded it is playing a little hard to get - but I'm working on him - otherwise I'll find someone else to fix it asap.

Finally, one thing I do promise - is that this site won't just disappear one day. This is here for the long haul, no matter what!  (Now I have to start planning what would happen to it if I get hit by a bus!  touch wood)  ;D

General Discussion / MOVED: Papamoa Hill
« on: April 22, 2010, 05:43:16 AM »

General Discussion / Auckland Volcanoes Circuit: Decision Required
« on: January 26, 2010, 03:28:53 AM »
There's been some discussion about One Tree Hill, Mt eden and the other Auckland volcanoes.  I think we discussed once before making a page for a circular day walk, that takes in One Tree Hill, Mt eden and some off the others.  There's a walk like that in a book I have I think.....  if you guys vote yes to putting that on the list, I could make a page for that and we could come up with something that makes a meaningful walk... ?

See,63.0.html for previous discussion, and also,540.0.html

Yes or no....?  What do we think?

Iron, Mt / Busy little peak
« on: January 21, 2010, 01:28:17 PM »
We walked anticlockwise, which means the first part is a nice flat walk, and it gives you a little time to warm up before heading up the side of the hill.

It also means you gaze at the fantastic views of lake Wanaka on the way down without having to turn around all the time. 

all in all, a great little peak, nice summit, great views.

Pretty busy when we went - loads of tourists, and the carpark was chocka.

General Discussion / Castlepoint: Decision Required
« on: January 19, 2010, 04:14:17 AM »
A no brainer??   See,523.0.html

Put it on the list?  yay or nay?

Too small?

General Discussion / MOVED: Taupiri
« on: December 11, 2009, 08:23:07 AM »
This topic has been moved to General Discussion, as a 'probably possible'!  :)

That is, it's gone up for discussion and editing to be added to the official list.

General Discussion / System for adding new peaks
« on: December 08, 2009, 08:25:49 AM »
We've been thinking about the best way to decide on which peaks should be added to the lists next.  As many of you have probably noticed, part of this site is built with Mediawiki, which allows public editing the same was as Wikipedia does.  However, the Wiki is all locked down, so essentially on two people can edit it.  Given that we've had minimal time to keep up with adding new peaks - we plan to open up parts of the wiki - in other words - we need some help!!  :) :)

So what we propose is this:

1. Suggestions & discussions for new peaks continue to be made in the suggestions forum.
2. Every so often we will pluck a few of the best sounding suggestions, and ask our forum's 'quorum' to decide whether it should go on the official list.  (Our 'quorum' is anyone who is interested - at this stage I imagine it will be 3 or 4 of our most serious posters).
3. The peaks who pass muster will have blank pages created for them.  These pages will contain a basic template, and will be publically editable.
4. We will compile a list of 'jobs to do' on the wiki, and these new peak pages (amongst other things) will appear on this list.
5. Then those interested can help write up the new official peak pages, and once they're done, they can go on the official list.

Let me know how this sounds.  I'm keen to create a group of interested people on this site to help grow and manage the list, and the first step is giving you some say on what should be on the list!

If people are keen, I'll sort out some promising peaks soon and put them up for discussion...

General Discussion / Apologies for the outage
« on: November 28, 2009, 03:14:35 AM »
Hi all,

You may have noticed has been unavailable for a few days.  Sorry about that folks - it was due to a server migration that went awry.

Anyway, we're all back on now...

Botanical Hill / centre of NZ
« on: November 05, 2009, 07:55:05 PM »
a short and easy walk to a small hill summit

Belmont Trig / Belmont Trig
« on: November 05, 2009, 07:54:04 PM »
great views of Wellington Harbour...

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