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General Discussion / Re: Gear - Boots
« on: December 15, 2008, 09:54:12 AM »
1/ your trainers are of the cheap kind with too much flex in the sole
2/ Spend more money on a good pair of cushion socks
3/ Replace the inner soles with a more foot friendly variety. If the ball of your foot is taking a pounding your probably driving forward too much a high arch support will stop this

General Discussion / Re: Advice Needed: Handheld GPS
« on: November 17, 2008, 08:06:04 AM »
Dont get carried away. You dont need all the gadgets just a position fix to compare with your map and compass. I use my garmin that i bought from dick smiths but which you can pick up 2nd hand on line for about 150 to 200 just to confirm that im where i think i am. pmcke would appear to use a more advanced model and has great interest in interface with maps and his computor work but unless your up to this standard keep it simple.

General Discussion / Re: Training Programme
« on: November 10, 2008, 07:11:43 AM »
Join a Gym and ask for a tramping specific exercise program. Simply walking isnt enough and walking six hours dosnt do much for your aerobic fitness. If you train aerobically 3 times a week for up to an hour to an hour and a half you will find long day walks a piece of cake. I hate the incline cross trainers but boy do they improve your hill climbing ability.

Fantham's Peak / Re: Fanthoms Peak
« on: August 05, 2008, 03:22:22 PM »
Another reason to visit a really neat hut. you can probably tell by now i like my huts as well. The climb from syme to taranaki is about an hour to an hour and a half a real slog straight up. if you thighs arnt protesting prior to the climb they will be by the time you start down. by staying at syme you get to see a magnificent sunrise if your lucky.

Pirongia, Mt / Re: Pirongia
« on: August 05, 2008, 03:16:04 PM »
If you want a good hard workout go in at the end of grey road up the Mahaukura track to Pirongia and back down the Tirohanga track. Its posted as an 11 hour walk but you can do it in a long day however that would mean missing out on a night in Pahautea hut. Theres something about that place. You could do a quick day up the Tahaunui track. A quick easy climb with some views at the top out towards raglan.
If you are into SAS type training I can recommend the bell track on a really wet day. A 3 to 4 hour warm up to start and then a 3 to 4 hour climb and mud wallow up to your waste onto the cone and then to pahautea hut. Ive done it but not willingly again.

Manuoha, Mt / Mt Manuoha
« on: August 04, 2008, 05:08:50 AM »
Great walk through moody Goblin Forest on an overgrown track. There is a small hut at the top that was cold in summer and would be bloody cold in winter but well worth the walk. Worth considering as a three day walk over manuoha and out to waikareiti and sandy bay hut then to waikaremoana via ruapani track.

Pirongia, Mt / Pirongia
« on: August 04, 2008, 04:50:29 AM »
This is a favourite of mine as it comes with a rather comfortable hut at the top with several approaches of varying difficulty that can make an overnight excursion that satisfies the soul

Fantham's Peak / Fanthoms Peak
« on: August 03, 2008, 09:43:26 AM »
A good climb to get the thighs going and a great place to stay overnight at Syme hut

Te Aroha / Re: Mt Te Aroha
« on: July 29, 2008, 10:32:31 AM »
 almost tidal lowland not far from ngatea. typical waikato early morning mist. no problem to use photo

Te Aroha / Mt Te Aroha
« on: July 28, 2008, 07:27:48 AM »
Early morning

Hikurangi, Mt / Mt Hikurangi
« on: July 06, 2008, 05:48:35 AM »
On a fine summers day

General Discussion / Re: Man doesnt this weather suck!!
« on: July 06, 2008, 04:45:55 AM »
Leave the excuses in their packet?

Any days a good day to walk and climb

Kohukohunui / Re: Kohukohunui
« on: June 30, 2008, 03:16:26 PM »
The round trip from waharau regional park using the Matangi ridge track is a good 8 hours for the fit. The Matangi ridge track is a tramping track but easily passable. Like all NZ tracks go prepared.

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