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2005 SI Tramping Trip

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Gear list

In spring of 2005 i took a sabatical from Auckland life and went on a 15 week extended tramping trip of the South Island of NZ. This is a blog type picture journal of that trip. 15 weeks, 1000kms walked and 50,000m climbed. Heres a list of the gear I took on this trip, with comments on quality and usefulness.

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Trip 1 Richmond Range

Six days as a warm up tramp between 6/9/05 -11/9/05, to test my gear and me. Some suprisingly nice alpine terrain.

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Trip 2 Angelus

4 days from 12/9/05 to 16/9/05 in the Angelus basin area.

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Trip 3 Travers Rainbow

A 7 day trip up the Travers valley and returning via the Rainbow river and range to right of Lake Rotoiti

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Trip 4 Matakitaki DUrville

A big eight day circuit from 24/9/05 - 2/10/05 covering a huge range of beaut country in the far corner of Nelson Lakes National Park.

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Trip5 Waimak White

Five days in West Arthers Pass National Park. And a harsh but interesting introduction to the park it was to be. This trip got severely modified by the weather. A big low pressure system passed over the SI bringing lots of snow.

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Trip6 East Arthurs Pass

A fantastic 7 day circumnavigation of about half of Arthurs Pass National Park. Recomended.

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Trip7 Four Passes

A modified three passes trip through westcoast and dividing range areas. The trip lives up to its reputation.

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Trip8 MtCook Mueller

Six days trying to climb Mt Annette, which turned into a bit of an apprenticeship in the art of high mountain travel.

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Trip9 Ball Pass

A fantastic 3 day walk in central Mt Cook National Park.

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Trip10 Hopkins Landsborough

An 8 day taste of large rivers both sides of the dividing range, and the passes between. Ohau Conservation area.

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Trip11 Rees Dart

5 days in southern Mt Aspiring National Park. This is a really great little walk,   with good track conditions with lots of neat oppurtunities for side trips.

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Trip12 Greenstone Caples

Another 5 day named circuit route, near the Routeburn. Fairly low lyiing and gentle contoured, but with challenging moments.

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Trip13 Matukituki

A few days squeazed in among inclement weather, near Mt Aspiring. The highlight of this trip was climbing Mt French.

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In spring of 2005 i took a sabatical from Auckland life and went on a 15 week extended tramping trip of the South Island of NZ. This is a blog type picture journal of that trip.