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tramping partner for remote south island tracks wanted
Posted February 22nd, 2013 - 3:44 am by from Hobart, Australia (Permalink)
Hi there, after travelling NZ for a year in my van I sold everything now to spent the summer till beginning of may tramping and hitchhiking around the south island.
I have done lots of 1-4day hikes around here already so now i am looking at the more challenging stuff.
The plan is to hike the Dusky, Steward Island northwest circuit, Ball Pass, Cascade saddle, parts of the Te Araroa trail from Nelson to Arturs pass and the Milford via Dore Pass.......and more. All depending on the weather.
I have a tent, all the gear and an adventurous free spirit...the only thing thats missing is nice company. Beeing alone in the nature is great but can get quite boring too so it would be lovely to catch up with some great people on the way to share the experience.
I prefer the remote and more challenging tracks but its not a sport event for me...i like to take it easy, enjoy, take lots of pictures, relax in the grass, swim in the river = I am not superfit and i walk quite slow :-)
Sounds like you? Cool! Just drop me a message on CS or on my mobile 022-1624755. I am in Christchurch now but will be on my way south very soon. Wont have mobile reception when i am in the mountains and wont check internet very often but i am sure we will manage to meet somewhere :-)
Looking forward to see you.

Posted February 22nd, 2013 - 8:02 am by from Fox Glacier, New Zealand (Permalink)
hi lisi. iam planing to do ball pass on march. maybe we can do it together. oneof my friend who did it before told me it would be safer if i can find someone together.

Posted March 9th, 2013 - 4:48 am by from Perth, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Guys, You'll need to be handy with an axe descending the W side, in icey conditions possibly crampons. If possible take a bivvy bag and a few protein bars and camp on the pass itself. Some route finding required on the W side descent. Other great tramps in the area are Sefton Biv, not that well known but a magic spot. Sebastapol Ridge makes for an interesting day walk (behind NZAC hut, up it and then down via Mueller.

When you're done in this area, travel to Twizel and from here look at options in the Ohau mountains. Less visited by tourists but has magic scenery. Up Hopkins then huxley to Broderick Hut or even the pass. Dassler Biv further up the Hopkins is neat aslo. The worlds your oyster. Need any more ideas just holla, plenty more! Helping others as I was helped is good karma!

In Cook, stay at YHA hostel or look at NZAC lodge (Unwin) or Irwin. Camping ground has been upgraded in recent years and pretty flash!