Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku | 3-day Hike | Marlborough Walks | NZ

At 2885m (9,645 feet), Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku is the highest New Zealand peak outside the Southern Alps and is a popular three-day hike for experienced groups with good navigational skills.

Tappy, as the locals call it, was the springboard for legendary mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary’s climbing career that took him to be the first person to reach the summit of Mt Everest.

Fast Pack Gear Info

Fast Pack Gear InfoWeight grams
Here is my gear list for a 3 day 2 night mission. I try to keep my pack to 6kgs before water so I can jog sections of the route and fast walk the rough and steep sections.
Ultimate Direction 25L Fast Pack555
Shoes I wear Salomon XA Pro 3D or the Salomon X Ultra 3 MID GTX boot in winter or very rough country
Sleeping bag lightweight 550g550
High end Waterproof jacket kathmandu xt-alopex-men-s-recco-gore-texr-jacket and Macpac alpine series over trousers655
XT hooded alpha lined soft jacket402
Woolen hat and gloves75
Long top and bottom polypros280
Spare socks100
Merino long top180
2 600ml water bottles and 1L bladder
Walking poles
Sun hat, sun screen100
Emergency bivi bag74
First aid kit100
Head lamp with spare batteries200
Cell phone with view ranger and route loaded150
GoPro usb Battery charger116
Jet Boil, cooker and gas400
Map compass10
10 scoops of tailwind per day 2 scoops 200 cals400
Back country dehy meals, 2 muesli and yogurt, 2 dinners (Saturday night 2 serving size)530
Back country smoothies 220
Sesame seed snaps20
6 croissants with avocado and salami300
Bag of crispy bacon50
Cheese mini brie 5100
Chocolate bars 9100
Bag of choc milk 2100
Russin fudge30
Ginger cubes30

Here is my gear for a winter trip

Goat Pass (Coast to Coast Run Course)

At a TimeZoneOne event in our new Colombo St office I met one of our amazing clients Matthew Mark from Ronald McDonald House.

In chatting with Matthew I found out he was a keen outdoors man. After we chatted about a few past missions Matthew kindly offered to take me on the Goat Pass trail next time I was in town. (At this stage I didn’t know Matthew had placed 7th in the Coast to Coast, that is legend status!) In fact I didn’t find that out until we were an hour into the run.

I called Matthew before my next trip and he kindly made arrangements to pick me up at 5am and his daughter drove the car between the start and end points.

It was meant to start raining at 7am and was touch and go if the rivers would be too high but the rain held off and we got a magic day in beautiful country. We even got a see a Whoi (Blue Duck).

Thanks, I look forward to returning the favour in our hills!

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