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How the Cave Creek Accident shaped DoC

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might have noticed me comment occasionally about ways in which the NZ Department of Conservation’s safety policies influence an experience in the back-country. I refer to things such as asset numbers … Continue reading

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Trip: Powell, Totara Flats and Sayers

Saturday night sunset on Totara Flats. This is meant to be a tramping club trip, though really it’s just √Čamonn and me. We’re the “social” trip, but I think people bailed on the social idea when it became clearer that … Continue reading

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The Next Three Hours

Last weekend, when four of us bailed out of our trip through Leon Kinvig Hut in the Ruahines, part of the reasoning was the weather forecast. All things considered I think we made a good decision, and it started me … Continue reading

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In Search of Esmond J. Kime

Here’s a slice of history: From Evening Post, Volume CIII, Issue 137, 13 June 1922, Page 8: MISSING TRAMPERS Two Wellington youths, who set out to cross the Tararuas last Thursday morning, have not since been heard of, and their … Continue reading

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Trip: Crow Hut, McKinnon Hut and general confusion

Above McKinnon Hut. Getting out of Crow Hut right now is one of the more awkward climbs from a valley I’ve personally had. We more or less slid down the hill-side yesterday morning, persistent rain apparently making the topsoil absolutely … Continue reading

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The Hut Fallacy

A clouded in Kime Hut on the exposed tops of the Southern Crossing, Tararua Range. fallacy [fal-uh-see]. 1. a deceptive, misleading, or false notion, belief, etc.: That the world is flat was at one time a popular fallacy.. 2. a … Continue reading

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Trip: Walking the Mokihinui River, Southern Branch

The Mokihinui River, near the south-west side of Kahurangi National Park, has a large catchment. Our new years’ walk along the river was inspired by recent plans of Meridian Energy to build an 85 metre dam, which would flood the … Continue reading

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Trip: Holdsworth Lodge to Mitre Flats and back

I had a free weekend and I realised that I hadn’t been to the Tararuas for about six months! Don’t ask me how this happened because it’s my favourite mountain range. Since I had the time, I made up my … Continue reading

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Trip: Four days of D’Urville, Moss Pass, Sabine, and an ice axe

Having an ice axe attached to your pack makes you look cool. Therefore, what better way to spend Easter than four days in Nelson Lakes National Park with an ice axe, and also with people who are friends? Well, there … Continue reading

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Trip: Penn Creek Hut on a rainy day

Last weekend we went to Penn Creek Hut in the western Tararuas. Dates: 1st – 3rd August, 2008 Location: Tararua Forest Park, Otaki Forks region. People: Craig, Fraser, Peter and me. Huts visited: Field Hut (1 night), Penn Creek Hut … Continue reading

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