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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

Bradley, Mt / Re: Mt Bradley from Mt Herbert
« on: November 27, 2011, 05:52:58 AM »
awesome guys, great work !

Urchin / Re: Waipakahi Hut to Kainmanawa Rd
« on: June 11, 2011, 02:23:18 AM »
heya, great pics and nice maps screenshot.  Did you do that height profile in Google Earth Pro?  Just wondering what software you used for that?

General Discussion / Add Mt Tihia to the list?
« on: April 13, 2011, 04:08:47 AM »
What do we think about Tihia....  vote now!

General Discussion / Mt Rowe
« on: April 13, 2011, 03:53:58 AM »
Is this thread there has been some discussion of adding Mt Rowe to the list...  vote here...  and if you think yes, give us some of the details/reasons we'll need for the page!

Cheers, Jon

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 / Re: First Person to Bag 50 - Guano Gerbil
« on: February 05, 2011, 09:20:22 AM »
That's awesome Guano!  Congrats!

General Discussion / Re: Wainui Possible
« on: June 30, 2010, 05:35:42 AM »
hey thanks athol,

This one sounds good.  I'll have to go and check it out!

General Discussion / Re: Trackless Tramps and River Scrambles
« on: April 28, 2010, 04:22:58 AM »

what exactly defines a 'river scramble'?  I'm guessing scrambling up a river bed?  :)

Is that a dry river bed, or a wet river bed?

General Discussion / Re: Taupiri: Access Issues (Non-Approved)
« on: April 27, 2010, 02:08:12 AM »
I've received a response from Waikato-Tainui, and they do not wish to have Taupiri Maunga listed.  This is because it is a sacred area, and would rather keep the track "low key".

Their response:

"Taupiri Maunga is a significant area for Waikato-Tainui, both for its status as the tribal mountain and historic paa-site, and also because it is the final resting place for many of our tuupuna (ancestors). Because of this, we do not  feel comfortable about the track being advertised on your site. This does not inhibit the ability of the public to use the track provided they get the appropriate permissions to do so (note that the track crosses private lands). However, we wish to minimise the potential risks associated with increased public usage of the track (e.g. track users entering the urupa and subsequent impacts on the graves), and feel that keeping it 'low-key'  is the most appropriate means to do this, at this stage."

I appreciate this may cause some disappointment, but I ask that we respect the landowner's wishes. The last thing I want is to cause the closure of existing tracks due to getting offside with the trustees of the land.

Please note the line in bold above. You can still walk the track, they just don't want the extra exposure having it on the official list may bring.

Thanks to Guano and Vino for their efforts in researching Taupiri.
Cheers, Jon

I've added a new map showing the shortcut (thanks vino)

I finally managed to get hold of Taupiri people. She's just checking, and will get back to me - hopefully with a week.  So I'll put all our new ones then (hopefully including Taupiri)

General Discussion / Re: Papamoa Hill - Decision Required
« on: April 22, 2010, 05:46:03 AM »
I've moved this into the committee room for a decision.

What do we think?

A real baby one, but given it's proximity to a city and historical significance?

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

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