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Roys Peak / Hiking to Roys Peak
« Last post by Outdoorsman Dave / Sasquatch on January 08, 2020, 12:09:49 PM »
Having never been to Queenstown before we booked a family trip there and took some friends too.  On my bucket list was to climb Roys Peak which I did with my buddy Chris.  I was just starting out with my outdoorsman dave YouTube channel in those days but please see the recording @ https://youtu.be/1xBka5mA10Q
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Ben Lomond / Hiking to Ben Lomond summit
« Last post by Outdoorsman Dave / Sasquatch on January 08, 2020, 11:54:15 AM »
Having just come off the Routeburn the day before and looking for some more hiking local to Queenstown, my buddy Chris and I bagged Ben Lomond on a very clagged low visibility day.  A great little hike all the same which was recorded and posted to my YouTube channel @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epKpe1qOx04
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Key Summit / Hiking to Key summit with Outdoorsman Dave
« Last post by Outdoorsman Dave / Sasquatch on January 08, 2020, 11:50:01 AM »
Having spent the night prior @ McKellar Hut I met up with my friends at Howden Hut for the start of our Routeburn adventure together the following day.  To explore a bit more we hiked back 15minutes to the Key Summit intersection for a look at what views there were on Key Summit.   Not many good views sadly but a nice afternoon walk with friends.

To my Routeburn and other adventures please go to my YouTube channel at

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyJBfAHqpsROWDZ00OmFo0g
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Ben Lomond / Hiking Ben Lomond with Outdoorsman Dave
« Last post by Outdoorsman Dave / Sasquatch on January 08, 2020, 11:38:14 AM »
See my Youtube video of the Ben Lomond hike at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epKpe1qOx04

Sadly clagged visibility on this day but a most enjoyable 5.5 hour return trip from the bottom of mountain and back.
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Bream Head / Wild Kiwi Trail Run
« Last post by andrewcavill on November 25, 2019, 03:54:24 PM »
I did this one as part of the Wild Kiwi Trail Run, a great event that includes multi-sport options, but I stuck with the running-only event that was challenging in it's own right. We started at Urquharts Bay and ran around the headland before climbing what felt like a million steps to Mt Lion. After running along the ridge for a while we climbed again, this time up to the highest point. Then we had a sharp descent to Ocean Beach, trying to watch our footing and take in the breathtaking views out over the water. We started returning via Ocean Beach Road, but them climbed again up the Peach Cove track and returned via Mt Lion and this time we got to go down all those steps. A fantastic part of the country - not to be missed.
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Karioi / Mt Karioi Trail Run - Twice in one day!
« Last post by andrewcavill on November 25, 2019, 03:37:08 PM »
I did this one as part of the Mt Karioi Trail Run, where the main event involves climbing the mountain twice in one day. We started with the Wairake Track which took us across farmland before we entered the bush for a steep climb to the summit. It was so steep in places that it was more of a scamble than a running event at times. Then we descended via the Mt Karioi Track, before running to the northern flank and climbing again via a 3rd (private?) track and finally descending the Wairake Track and back to the start/finish line. As awesome race in an awesome location.
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Ngauruhoe, Mt / Breathtaking views from Ngaurahoe
« Last post by andrewcavill on November 25, 2019, 03:29:26 PM »
I did this one as a helper with a group of kids from our church. We walked into Mangatepopo Hut after dark on Friday, and it was my first time tramping in the mountains, so I was stunned to step out of the hut early the next morning to be greeted by the sight of a snow-covered Tongariro and Ngaurahoe towering above us. We started in our boots but quickly transitioned into crampons as the snow got thicker. Most of the part pressed on to Ketetahi hut, but a few of us decided to climb Ngaurahoe. It was quite an effort but the views were stunning and it was surreal to stand on the upper slopes and look out over Tongariro. We spent a couple of nights at Ketetahi, and we were able to explore the northern cratar, before finally walking out.
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Rangitoto / Showing off Auckland's finest to our US Aunt
« Last post by andrewcavill on November 25, 2019, 03:16:51 PM »
Our aunt was visiting from the US, so we thought it would be a great idea to show off the Auckland's fabulous harbour and climb one of the cities icons - Rangitoto. After a short ferry ride we started the climb and stopped off at the lava caves and explored them by torchlight. Then we continued to top where we rested and enjoyed the extensive views out over the harbour and across to the city. Upon descending we had a look at the old baches on the shoreline, before taking the return ferry.
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Pinnacles, The / Overnighting at the Pinnacles with the boys
« Last post by andrewcavill on November 25, 2019, 03:07:19 PM »
Did this one with my 2 boys, aged 8 and 10 at the time. We started after lunch and the boys had great fun with the river crossings, mostly preferring to skip the bridges and instead rock hop their way across. The climbing was made easy by the step cut into rocks and the quality of the track, and the views were great. We left our stuff at the hut and carried on to the summit, the boys again having fun on the ladders built into the rocks. It was overcast, which meant we couldn't see too far, but the rock formations were still interesting. After overnighting at the hut, we walked out the next morning.
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Dome Summit / Dome It (Dome Summit)
« Last post by Lostcourse on July 17, 2019, 05:21:34 AM »
I met up with a group of geocachers in the morning at the the cafe near the start of the track. After a morning tea we organised for some cars to be relocated to Waiwhiu Rd so we could walk the greater part of this track after the summit. We climbed up to the look out, which has recently been upgrade, and took in the views. From here the track becomes more "tramp" like and we continued the ascent to the summit. I enjoyed the sections that took us through some rock features. After gaining the summit it was off to the Kauri grove thanks to the recent track upgrades (board walks). From here we descended out to Waihiu Rd, then to the locked gate where the taxi cars were parked. All up it was an enjoyable day out!
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