Testing My Camping Gear – First Overnight Hike

Camping in Rotorua

Testing my camping gear on an overnight hike

My second gear test for Te Araroa Trail took me further afield than my garden, for a hike and overnight stay in Rotorua. My goals were to:

  • Test my fitness over a distance of 35kms.
  • Walk for the first time with a 12kg pack.
  • Play with my Backcountry Navigator phone app.
  • Check whether my tent was waterproof.

Before the trip, I found the appropriate map section on Backcountry...

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Testing My New Tent

Te Araroa Trail Day 122 - Camping outside Upper Travers hut

A New Tent.. Woooooo!

With four months to kick-off before I hike Te Araroa Trail, I thought it would be a good idea to see how my tent and sleep system worked for me.

I set up the tent in the garden – the perfect way to test everything, with the safety and comfort of a real bed only minutes away! Picking a reasonably cold winters night (3 degrees Celsius with no wind or rain forecast) I unwrapped my lovely new items.

I pitched my Hilleberg Enan tent during the day,...

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