backpacking

Hard Shell or Soft Shell?

To be honest, I wasn't 100% sure of the difference between Hard Shell or Soft Shell - so I did a bit of research, and this is what I found.

MSC Above the Bushline Course

This course is set ‘above the bushline’, giving participants the skills and knowledge to travel safely and accurately in high country and be able to survive, by building or finding shelter, if caught out in bad weather.

MSC Northern Regional Meeting

I was recently invited to attend the Mountain Safety Councils Northern Regional Annual Training and Meeting. I have recently become more involved in the MSC, first as a participant of a range of their courses, and now as the official photographer.

MSC Risk Management Course

This weekend I attended the Risk Management Course organised by the Mountain Safety Council.

GPS – The Garmin eTrex 30

For the majority of New Zealand trampers, you will spend most of your time on well established and marked tracks. However, the ability to know where you actually are, at any given time, cannot be underestimated. Especially if at some point you plan of evolving into bush bashing or unmarked explorations.

Mataitai Forest Overnight

A simple overnight stay in the Mataitai Forest.

Mueller Hut, Aoraki / Mt Cook

The week at Muller Hut as Volunteer DOC Hut Wardens in the Mount Cook National Park.

Skippers Canyon, Queenstown

Photography Tour of Skipper Canon, Queenstown

1000 Acre Clearing

Head back to the trail we did during the MSC Advanced Bushcraft course - following the main loop around 1000 Acre Clearing in the Waharau Regional Park, on the east side of the Hunua Ranges.

MSC River Safety Course

For anyone spending any serious amount of time in the bush, learning to safely access and potentially cross rivers in their many shapes and forms is a valuable skill.