The Kepler Track

Walking the ridge on the Kepler Track

The Kepler Track

The Kepler track in Fiordland National Park in Southland, is one of New Zealand's most accessible 'Great Walks'. It begins near the small town of Te Anau, and boasts beautiful forests, unique wetlands, waterfalls and alpine mountain scenery. It is a 60Km loop track (although we found out the mileage varies depending upon which brochure you read) and you'll climb to 1400m at the highest point.

DoC classify it as a 'moderate/easy' 3-4 day tramping track. We walked...

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The Heaphy Track

beach Heaphy Katipo

The Heaphy Track

Located across the Kahurangi National Park in New Zealand's upper South island, the Heaphy Track spans the Nelson/Tasman and West Coast districts. It is one of New Zealand's 10 'great walks', which DoC describe as their 'premier' tracks. Generally these tracks are easy to follow and well graded, and take you through some of the most spectacular wilderness scenery New Zealand has to offer.

Note that on the great walks you must pre-book your accommodation, and...

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South West Coast Path – Route and Gear List

South West Coast Path Gear

Hi folks, just a quick one with details of my daily route and gear list for the South West Coast Path. This is 1013km (630 miles) of wonderful hiking along the UK's longest national trail.

The gear list is a little different to my gear for Te Araroa trail New Zealand. Main differences as follows:

Pack: Osprey Eja 45 litre replaced my Lowe Alpine 45-55 litre pack. The Osprey was lighter and much more comfortable, and had heaps of room for all my gear. I would have been more than OK with...

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Te Araroa – Big Gear Items

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Te Araroa Trail Gear

My big items of kit as follows:

  • Pack - Lowe Alpine Airzone trek 45-55l
  • Tent - Hilleberg Enan
  • Pad - Thermarest Neo Air Xtherm
  • Sleeping bag - Katabatic Gear Palisade quilt
  • Stove - Jetboil flash
  • Trekking Poles - Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork

Click here to see my full gear list

 

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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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