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  • Skinny skis & leather boots | Occasionalities
    us to ignore We shifted heaven and earth for the privilege of serving the lowest echelons of the US military at the very bottom of the planet the coldest place known to humankind So cool to be there even cooler was the sight of a select few sneaking away from the base and out across the Ross Ice Shelf on cross country skis I determined that I was going to do that too The next season I turned up there with my new skis ready to endure endless hours of washing dishes and kowtowing to minor military meatheads finding solace in the knowledge that for 36 continuous daylight hours at the end of every work week I would be free So we did lots of cool travelling across ice shelves climbed volcanoes traversed crevasses explored abandoned historic explorer huts took heinously daft risks jumping across drifting sea ice gaps and I will bore you with all that some other time When we returned to the temperate zone I did my best to get down to some serious skiing on these cross country travelling devices Exploring North America I worked at ski areas and caught up with some of the American Ice folk One of these was Bill Danford a resident of Driggs Idaho living in the shadow of the Grand Teton Bill and one of his mates offered to take me out backcountry skiing from Jackson Pass We traversed along from the Pass and I watched while Bill and his mate skied in their leather boots and skinny telemark skis attached by just a flimsy metal clamp down a powder filled valley just like the guys in this video Try as I might with my very best efforts all I could manage was a series of tumbles down that valley

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2010/08/17/skinny-skis-leather-boots/ (2016-05-02)
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  • skiing | Occasionalities
    any of us to ignore We shifted heaven and earth for the privilege of serving the lowest echelons of the US military at the very bottom of the planet the coldest place known to humankind So cool to be there even cooler was the sight of a select few sneaking away from the base and out across the Ross Ice Shelf on cross country skis I determined that I was going to do that too The next season I turned up there with my new skis ready to endure endless hours of washing dishes and kowtowing to minor military meatheads finding solace in the knowledge that for 36 continuous daylight hours at the end of every work week I would be free So we did lots of cool travelling across ice shelves climbed volcanoes traversed crevasses explored abandoned historic explorer huts took heinously daft risks jumping across drifting sea ice gaps and I will bore you with all that some other time When we returned to the temperate zone I did my best to get down to some serious skiing on these cross country travelling devices Exploring North America I worked at ski areas and caught up with some of the American Ice folk One of these was Bill Danford a resident of Driggs Idaho living in the shadow of the Grand Teton Bill and one of his mates offered to take me out backcountry skiing from Jackson Pass We traversed along from the Pass and I watched while Bill and his mate skied in their leather boots and skinny telemark skis attached by just a flimsy metal clamp down a powder filled valley just like the guys in this video Try as I might with my very best efforts all I could manage was a series of tumbles down

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/skiing/ (2016-05-02)
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  • St James Conservation Area | Occasionalities
    to stunning areas that were not on my adventuring radar Here s a link to the DOC page from which you can download a brochure and map of the area http bit ly cpDo9M The St James Conservation Area provides a stunning natural highway between the Hanmer Molesworth region and the Nelson Lakes region Christchurch folk can easily drive to Hanmer and access the more remote and rugged areas of Nelson Lakes In my mind this area previously required a much longer drive up through Murchison and St Arnaud Now there is a no permission required full access option in easy reach Furthermore the mountain biking potential is very exciting The Lake Tennyson Lake Guyon loop is already establishing itself as a must do From what I could see that trip is highly recommended Hunting fishing and horse trekking opportunities are overwhelmingly abundant DOC have already made great strides in providing access points with signs parking areas and toilets Cattle are still being grazed in the Waiau valley but grazing will be phased out My trip took me from the Clarence River bridge over Maling Pass and into the Waiau From there I went into the Waiau headwaters noting the extensive work that is being undertaken to upgrade the Waiau track as part of the national walkway Te Araroa I left Te Araroa and crossed Thompson Pass lapping up the beautiful Thompson Lake on the way An adventuresome skirting of the headwaters of the D Urville River saw me on the western side of the Main Divide and into the East Matakitaki River Scaling the Main Divide again via the Mt Una basin I descended back into the Waiau via the untracked Enid Stream An exceptional route featuring the spectacular 2000m plus glaciated peaks of the Spencer Range Here is

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2010/04/16/st-james-conservation-area/ (2016-05-02)
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  • mountaineering | Occasionalities
    The farmed section of the St James Walkway had always struck me as being a particularly boring tramp But after an Easter of solo exploration my view has been drastically updated Continue reading Tags mountaineering Nelson Lakes St James tramping Categories Adventures Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010 September

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/mountaineering/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Nelson Lakes | Occasionalities
    section of the St James Walkway had always struck me as being a particularly boring tramp But after an Easter of solo exploration my view has been drastically updated Continue reading Tags mountaineering Nelson Lakes St James tramping Categories Adventures Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010 September 2010 August

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/nelson-lakes/ (2016-05-02)
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  • St James | Occasionalities
    The farmed section of the St James Walkway had always struck me as being a particularly boring tramp But after an Easter of solo exploration my view has been drastically updated Continue reading Tags mountaineering Nelson Lakes St James tramping Categories Adventures Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010 September

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/st-james/ (2016-05-02)
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  • tramping | Occasionalities
    of the St James Walkway had always struck me as being a particularly boring tramp But after an Easter of solo exploration my view has been drastically updated Continue reading Tags mountaineering Nelson Lakes St James tramping Categories Adventures Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/tramping/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Boost for Linwood | Occasionalities
    quake The roof of their Worcester St premises collapsed to the ground at the street front Fortunately the boys had fled out the back which remained upright Neighbourhood butcher shops are history in most of the city Linwood has been a pretty special inner city neighbourhood one of the few suburbs that has retained a local butcher Huge ups to the boys at Hibbards for making it happen again Like

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2011/10/30/boost-for-linwood/ (2016-05-02)
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