What we're about

The hiking teams is about doing outdoor activities in small groups, maximum 15 persons. This will help to mitigate issues related to the pandemic, as well as making the activity more enjoyable since it is easier to establish a bond between people with common interests and similar fitness levels when the group is small.

What will we do?

Outdoor activities, camping, wild camping, tramping, hiking, winter hiking, hill walking, outdoors training, multi-day hut to hut, easy day walks, easy days out, walks on beach, bush walking, river crossing and swimming..

-- Group Safety Policy;

1- Mindset: We will adopt a proactive mindset. This means working towards preventing the problem from happening and not waiting for it to happen and react after it is too late.

2- Terrain: Everyone is asked to check the terrain details carefully, including: start and end points, total distance, elevation profile, terrain type, track or route conditions, and the detailed map of the area.

3- Weather: We go 4 seasons and in bad weather, so everyone is asked to check the weather forecast and be prepared with the appropriate gear. Most importantly, everyone must be ready to accept a change in plan in case of bad weather. This includes options like canceling the hike, adjusting the itinerary, skipping dangerous sections or adopting safer route.

4- Fitness: We do hikes of different grading. You are asked to join only the hikes that you feel confident you can accomplish while keeping a safety margin within your physical abilities.

5- Skills & Experience: Some of our hikes require advanced skills that you should have acquired in advance, before joining the hike. This includes: stream crossing, bush navigation, route finding, rock scrambling, walking on steep and slippery terrain, walking on snow and ice. Some of our events will be intended to develop new skills, but if it is not the case, you are asked not to join an activity that is far beyond your current skill set.

6- Group: We should always try to walk together as one group, unless there are some big difference in speed, in this case we can split in a quick and a slow group as long as the following conditions apply; The group minimum size is two. Wait each other at all track junctions and all streams. Regroup at vantage points. Keep visible distance from each other especially in the mountain. Keep a distance where we can still communicate with each other. Help and support hikers who got injured. Cross the stream as group, no solo stream crossing is allowed. Do not run ahead at a pace much faster than the group.

7- Itinerary: We must always start our hike at a time that gives us enough daylight to reach our destination unless it is intentionally planned to be a night walk. When going up the mountain over the bush-line, we must start the earliest possible. We must not slack or intentionally slow down the group for no proper reason. We must ensure everyone else came out safely at the end of the hike before departing home. Drivers are responsible of waiting and dropping off their passengers, unless otherwise agreed.

8- Preparation: each member is asked to come prepared for the day with appropriate gear and clear mind; No alcohol or smoking or any substance consumption before the hike. Get enough rest and be in a good physical shape. Always be prepared for the worst scenario but hope for the best. Carrying an emergency shelter is mandatory for all our hut-to-hut hikes and for all hikes that go over the bush-line. A good quality waterproof hardshell jacket is a must for all seasons. Accepted footwear in our hikes are exclusive to one of the following: hiking shoes, trail runners, hiking boots, mountaineering boots. Waterproof trousers and waterproof footwear are mandatory for bad weather and snowy mountains. A minimum of 3-seasons rating for tent is required for all our camping trips, even in summer. Helmet is mandatory for all climbs where rockfall and slipping could happen. Ice Axes, 10 or 12 points crampons and the knowledge how to use them are mandatory for all winter, spring and fall climbs in the mountains.

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Transparency: Everyone is encouraged to speak their opinion loudly. If you would like to report any member or any organiser, please directly post it on the group public board. This includes: miss-behaving, carless attitude, poor planning or bad decision making.

Upcoming events (4+)

(Confirmed) Hunua Ranges - Light Hike + Mindfulness Exercise

๐€๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค, ๐ž๐ฑ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž:
"A warrior's most powerful weapon is his mind".

After a light hike (60 min), I will guide you through a mindfulness exercise to still your mind. Exercise will take place at the viewing platform shown in photo above in Hunua ranges.

Afterwards can do some more light hiking.

Start time: 5 PM
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๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐‡๐ข๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐“๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ

โšซWe are not afraid of living life
Delta will be endemic now. That will not stop us from going on cool group hikes, classes. Doing group activities in the ventilation of outdoors is low risk.

If you prefer to 'stay safe' until "level 2" or "zero cases", that's your prerogative.

Wouldn't you rather be in the best physical fitness if and when delta does reach you? Our hikes will make you SO FIT.

โšซWe are not afraid of $3 petrol
Ready to deploy anywhere on next day or night mission.

โšซWe are not afraid of rain, mud, going off the beaten path
Carrying the right gear for the weather gives us protection.
Carrying emergency shelter gives us peace of mind in the unexplored.

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[๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž]
๐ŸฅถWarm, waterproof clothes. Pack surplus warm layers you may not wear during the walk.
๐Ÿฅพ Hiking boots.
๐Ÿ”ฆHead torch, spare batteries.
๐Ÿ’ฆWater - 2litres
๐Ÿ” Enough food for the evening.
๐Ÿ“ฑSmartphone loaded with ๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ navigation apps. Suggestions: Maps.me(free), NZTopo50(paid).
Check tracks, roads inside forest show up and are downloaded for offline use.

(Confirmed) Clevedon Reserve + Duder Regional Park + Maraetai Coastal Walk

Let's cover 20+Km in this order:

๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐Ÿ Clevedon Reserve
A real leg trainer. Local firemen often train here by taking the STEEP stairs with their gear. Nice views from lookout.
Distance: 10Km Can climb the steep stairs again for those keen.
Terrain: Mainly bush.

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parks-recreation/Pages/park-details.aspx?Location=371

This will be the highlight of this trip. Can skip walks below if want to.

๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐Ÿ Duder Regional Park (10 min drive from Clevedon Reserve)
Distance: 10Km.
Terrain: Farmland, coastal.

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/arts-culture-heritage/heritage-walks-places/Pages/duder-regional-park.aspx

๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐Ÿ‘ Beachlands-Maraetai Walkway (10 min drive from Duder Regional Park)
Distance: 6Km.
https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parks-recreation/get-outdoors/find-a-walk/Pages/beachlands-maraetai-walkway.aspx

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๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐‡๐ข๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐“๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ

โšซWe are not afraid of living life
Delta will be endemic now. That will not stop us from going on cool group hikes, classes. Doing group activities in the ventilation of outdoors is low risk.

If you prefer to 'stay safe' until "level 2" or "zero cases", that's your prerogative.

Wouldn't you rather be in the best physical fitness if and when delta does reach you? Our hikes will make you SO FIT.

โšซWe are not afraid of $3 petrol
Ready to deploy anywhere on next day or night mission.

โšซWe are not afraid of rain, mud, going off the beaten path
Carrying the right gear for the weather gives us protection.
Carrying emergency shelter gives us peace of mind in the unexplored.

_____________________________________________________________________________________
[๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž]
๐ŸฅถWarm, waterproof clothes. Pack surplus warm layers you may not wear during the walk.
๐Ÿฅพ Hiking boots.
๐Ÿ“ฑSmartphone loaded with ๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ navigation apps. Suggestions: Maps.me(free), NZTopo50(paid).
Check tracks, roads inside forest show up and are downloaded for offline use.
๐Ÿ”ฆHead torch, spare batteries.
๐Ÿ’ฆWater - 4litres
๐Ÿ” Enough food to last whole day + surplus.
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๐€๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค/๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฑ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž:

Every year many people get lost in the bush and require rescuing. This is entirely preventable. In this training exercise I will provide you sanitised GPS devices and show you how to navigate and backtrack in unfamiliar areas using these devices. Parks like these ones is an easy setting to learn this skill.

๐๐จ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฌ! ๐€๐ซ๐ญ ๐„๐ฑ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ
While carrying a GPS device, you will 'write' or 'draw' something into the ground by walking! Best pattern will get credit.

Other things I will teach you:
โ— Energy management: Efficiently carrying your body weight, heavy backpack using walking poles/wooden sticks. You'd be surprised how many people don't know how to do this! Efficient energy management is especially important on long walks. I will show you how to 'walk like a 4-legged animal'.
โ—Shelter-making: making quick and dirty but usable shelters out of materials available in the outdoors - this could be a lifesaver one day!

Photo credit: peak.nz

Gutbuster! Karamatura, Don McLean, Puriri Ridge, Omanawanui (and back)

While only 21Km horizontal distance, this walk will feel like 30Km! A real leg trainer and gut buster. The new stairs make it particularly challenging.

Planned route of the 21Km walk:
Start at Karamatura Carpark
Go west on Karamatura track
Go south on Donald McLean track
Go south on Omanawanui, all the way south.
Turn back - go back the same way.

(open to suggestions to make it longer)

See route:
https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=13.3/174.5479/-37.0240&pubLink=LquDMi3AYUdfc1yODkx7SCdD&trackId=dfaf090d-fcf4-4057-8dc2-68d1a0beba1c

(If you're too tired and want to bail out, can walk Whatipu road back to carpark - much easier route back).

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๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐‡๐ข๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐“๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ

โšซWe are not afraid of living life
Delta will be endemic now. That will not stop us from going on cool group hikes, classes. Doing group activities in the ventilation of outdoors is low risk.

If you prefer to 'stay safe' until "level 2" or "zero cases", that's your prerogative.

Wouldn't you rather be in the best physical fitness if and when delta does reach you? Our hikes will make you SO FIT.

โšซWe are not afraid of $3 petrol
Ready to deploy anywhere on next day or night mission.

โšซWe are not afraid of rain, mud, going off the beaten path
Carrying the right gear for the weather gives us protection.
Carrying emergency shelter gives us peace of mind in the unexplored.
_____________________________________________________________________________________
[๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž]
๐ŸฅถWarm, waterproof clothes. Pack surplus warm layers you may not wear during the walk.
๐Ÿฅพ Hiking boots.
๐Ÿ“ฑSmartphone loaded with ๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ navigation apps. Suggestions: Maps.me(free), NZTopo50(paid).
Check tracks, roads inside forest show up and are downloaded for offline use.
๐Ÿ”ฆHead torch, spare batteries.
๐Ÿ’ฆWater - 4litres
๐Ÿ” Enough food to last whole day + surplus.

Photo credit: Wilderness Mag NZ

Guest Host - Rafick - Mystery Trip.

New World Victoria Park

Recently Rafick has proven he's a tough man with a lot of stamina.
On Sat, he walked 26.5 km in 5h29; Sun 21.8 km in 4h50
Then just for fun he "also trained at petanque for 45 mins, shooting 150 balls (0.7 kg) at an average distance of 9m"

About Rafick
"Since January I've walked 2,000+ km, travelled just under 1,000 on my road bike, and playing and training at petanque involved walking more than 500 km and shooting at least 80,000 balls. For those who don't know me (I guess all of you), I'll turn 70 in 6 months. "

For the impressive effort this weekend and for everything he's been doing 'since January', it would be really cool for Rafick to plan, guest host a Hiking Teams 2-day backcountry trip in north island this November.

You guys really think he's 70? Come find out.

(Details TBC - Where will Rafick take us?)

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