Walking

How To… Train Pre Tour

  It Is Not a Race! The whole idea about our tours is to experience nature, take in the sights and scenery, and to enjoy yourself. To make your experience more enjoyable it is advisable to undertake some form of training prior to the event. By doing some form of…

New Zealand… Guided or Unguided Tours?

  Going Guided Well appointed comfortable accommodation Comfortable beds Hot showers Meals provided Travel provided Small day-packs Knowledgable guides Safety is paramount New friendships   Going it Alone Basic huts Carry your own bedding No showers Carry & cook your own food Arrange your own logistics Large backpacks You get…

New Zealand… How to Stay Safe In The NZ Outdoors

New Zealand is an incredible place to explore, with untouched terrain that’s remote yet easily accessible.   What to pack Here’s a simple list of things the Mountain Safety Council recommend you take. This list will change depending on the length walk you are going on. Good quality solid footwear…

How To… Choose Insulated Outerwear

If you need a jacket to wear when conditions are so cold that a mid layer alone won’t cut it, you need insulated outerwear. Consider two primary factors as you choose: Insulation Type: This key component of your jacket determines how well it retains warmth and handles wet conditions, as…

How To… Choose and Use a GPS

Once revolutionary, GPS technology is in everything from drones to dog collars now. Nonetheless, a handheld GPS receiver remains a valuable outdoor tool for hikers and other backcountry explorers. A GPS can give you vital information about where you are, where you’ve been and where you want to go.  …

How To…   Choose Between a Personal Locator Beacon and a Satellite Messenger

While many people consider unplugging to be an essential part of immersing themselves in the natural world, it’s also true that there might come a time when one truly needs to call for help. Smartphones, which are seemingly in-hand 24/7, are a tempting solution, but 111 networks offer limited connectivity…

How To… Choose and Use Gaiters

Snow, water, dirt and pebbles have a way of sneaking into even the most waterproof of boots. To prevent this, put on some gaiters. Gaiters cover the vulnerable tops of your footwear to fully protect your feet from the elements. Gaiter shopping is not complicated. To choose the right gaiters…

How To… Get Fit By Walking

Benefits Walking at a moderate pace for 30-60 minutes burns stored fat, builds muscle and speeds up your metabolism. Here are some other benefits: Walking can reduce your risk of heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes and stroke. Walking is low-impact, which means it causes less stress to your…

How To… Wash a Sleeping Bag

If your sleeping bag is darkened with grime or worse yet—losing its loft—then it’s time to give it a good washing. Even if it doesn’t look less lofty, the buildup of body oils and dirt over time will migrate into the fill (both down and synthetic) and begin to compromise…

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