Good morning tramping people.
Welcome to summer
I was part of the team checking traps on Pomona Island this week.
I am just back from a fabulous trip to Dusky Sound checking traps for the Pure Salt Conservation Team
Hello kind people.
It has been a year on this journey. Thanks for your support through the ups and downs of starting a new business. For a long time it did not seem to be happening and the change from Empty Packs to Fiordland Packs was a fairly bleak time.
Thanks for your support of Fiordland Packs over the last 2 very busy months, I have been flat out making packs until the start of lockdown last week. It is a lot of fun. So far I have managed to keep the wait time under 2 weeks.
Thanks for all your kind support over the last 11 months. I am making some really good packs and I love every minute I spend at work.
The weather has been fabulous the last few days, I shot up to Homer Hut on Friday evening to do the winter trap check with Stanley and Belinda.
Today we, a team of 12, have been checking and rebaiting DOC200’s on Pomona Island in Lake Manapouri.
I am just back from a wonderful conservation trip with the Southern Conservation Volunteers Network and Pure Salt to Dusky Sound
“80% of predator encounters with a trap result in no interaction whatsoever.”
On Saturday the 15th the weather was good for this time of the year, I went up the Bowen Valley to check and update track locations on the NZAC trap line.
Thanks to the kindness of the Pomona Island Charitable Trust I spent yesterday on Pomona Island
Today, after months of waiting, I recieved an order of fabric from the NZ agents of Dimension Polyant.
I have just taken a 35 litre Empty Pack on a very challenging circuit starting and ending at Rasberry Flat Car Park in the Matukituki Valley.
On Sunday I was extremely lucky to get a place on DoC Fiordland’s annual Lake Orbell trip
Dimension Polyant, a German company, is my main fabric supplier, though the fabrics themselves are manufactured in the USA.
It has been busy summer. Thank you for your support.
I did this demanding trip with a very experienced climber. We covered a lot of very steep country and had a fine old time navigating a descent through the endless forest.
The last 5 days I have been away from the sewing machine volunteering at Doubtful Sound.
I stayed at Homer Hut for a couple of days and checked the Alpine Club rat/stoat traps with Simon and the Fiordland Tramping Club
Between the 9th and 14th of January I went on a trip up the Iris Burn Valley and back to Te Anau by the tops.
The last 2 weeks has been difficult, I deceded to use the first good day since Christmas for a quick solo kayak mission up the South Fiord of Lake Te Anau.
On Saturday the 5th of December I headed off to Stewart Island with 4 friends.
I am just back from a trip to the Homer Saddle and Gertrude Valley to check the Alpine Clubs DOC200 and Trapinator traps.
Today I finished my first 70l Packraftineer Pack. I have been working on the pattern for months and to finally put one together is exciting.
This morning I took a short break from sewing packs and dry bags to make a pair of rain pants for myself.
I had a talk with Jonny on The Wild Podcast
Monday and Tuesday this week were forecast to be splendid mild early summer days. Finding myself not over busy and feeling antsy I had planned on a quick trip up Mt. Titiroa.
A group of us fund raised to buy Sammy Stoat, resident near the top of Lake Alabaster, a PLB and heavy duty down jacket.
I have just returned from a trip to Deep Cove to check traps for the Deep Cove Education Trust and Permolat Southland.
Today is the only day in a long stretch with low likelihood of rain and somewhat reasonable weather.
Yesterday afternoon I got some elastic and webbing from my supplier, which allowed me to sew up my new 25l Tuke daypack.
Today I made my first waist bag out X-Pac VX21 Cire and Liteskin LS07, using up odd bits between pack cuts.
Its been quite a journey so far, the web shop is finaly live.
I needed to be at the Pleasant Flat bridge on Sunday at 2:30 pm where the track up the Landsbourough Valley starts. With ants in my pants, stressed and overdue for a trip, I decided to bike there.
Today I finalised my drybag pattern. Made from 1.43 oz Dyneema Composite Fabric it weighs in at 43g.
I got a shipment of fabric this week. This is my first Empty Pack made with VX21 Cire
For an experienced tramper the Dusky Track is easily the best track in New Zealand, it has everything and mud.
The Pyke Loop is one of New Zealand’s best packrafting trips.
The Greenstone and Caples Valleys can be linked into a loop of approximately 4 days
The Hollyford Road was severely damaged in the February 2020 floods, it is now open to vehicles to within 3 km of the road end.
The 60 kilometer Kepler Track is New Zealand’s most convenient tramping track, it starts and ends at the Lake Te Anau Control Gates 5 kilometers from Te Anau.
The “finest walk in the world” starts at Glade Wharf at the head of Lake Te Anau, follows the West Branch of the Clinton River to Mintaro Hut, ascends Mackinnon Pass and descends the Arthur River to Sandfly Point at Milford Sound.
The 32km Routeburn Track is classified as a Great Walk from the end of October to the beginning of May.
The weather promised to be good for the weekend and there is not currently much snow on the peaks.
On Saturday I took off for a planned 5 day trip for a desperately needed tidy up of Olivine Hut.
For the winter I have been working on a light packable swim bag for the long packraftineering trips I am so fond of.
I spent Sunday making a standard RayWay quilt for myself.
Kakapo Rescue need new catch bags for the coming season, so I made 6 out of camo canvas.