Chris' Blog
Tramping Safety
Posted: Saturday 4 February 2012 by Chris

You have may have heard in the news that there has been a number of people reporting overdue, missing, lost, or never returning. All of these are due to people not being prepared and not taking care while tramping.

Here is a few guidelines that I follow to ensure a successful trip.

  • Tramp in a group (min 3 people)
  • File a route intention (and have a person act on it if you are overdue)
  • Take enough food & water (include an emergency supply)
  • Take water proof & warm clothing (to prevent exposure)
  • Take a map, compass, gps (if have one) & personal locator beacon (if you have one, especially in remote terrain)
  • Take note of the weather forcast
  • Carry mobile phone
  • Know your limits & risks

Track Maps now in 3D
Posted: Sunday 6 June 2010 by Chris

Thanks to Google Maps, the track maps are now available in 3D.

Just click the "Earth" button at top right of the map to view in 3D. You will need to have the Google Earth Plugin installed on your computer for this to work.

Google Earth View

Click here for more information.

Click here for 5 tips on how to use 3D.

New hut for Coromandel
Posted: Sunday 6 June 2010 by Chris

A new DOC hut and camping facility is under construction at Crosbies Settlement on the main Coromandel range, about 12km north east of Thames.

The new hut will sleep 10 people and is expected to be open to the public in June 2010.

Click here to view.
Source: Department of Conservation

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