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  • Backpacking in Abel Tasman Park

    Posted December 1st, 2008 by

    Date: 11-23-2008
    Location: Medlands Beach, Abel Tasman National Park
    Time: ~9pm
    Latitude: 40°55′15.58″S
    Longitude: 173° 3′16.92″E
    Elevation: 2 m
    Precipitation: light to heavy rain throughout the day
    Animals: Birds including the New Zealand Bellbird and all black
    oystercatcher, sand flies (!).
    Breakfast: Muesli w/ dried fruit.
    Lunch: Bagels w/ lettuce, cucumber, cheese, tuna.
    Supper: Couscous with Lamb and beef sauce from pouches.
    Hiked another ~11km today. Saw [...]

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    At Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

    Posted December 1st, 2008 by
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    Getting Geared Up

    Posted December 1st, 2008 by

    Date: 11-20-2008
    Location: End of Old Beach Road, just north of Kaikoura
    Time: 10 pm
    Latitude: 42°19′56.38″S
    Longitude: 173°43′41.75″E
    Elevation: 2 m
    Temperature: ~15-20°C
    Animals: a few seals & lots of seabirds
    Breakfast: Eggs, bacon, hash browns & toast at Devon Hotel
    Lunch: Lamb meat pie and potato wedges at the Antarctica Visitor Center
    Supper: Whole crayfish, whitefish patty, and rice at roadside shack.
    After a [...]

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    At the Dolphin Lodge, Kaikoura, New Zealand

    Posted November 24th, 2008 by

    Date: 11-24-2008
    Location: Dolphin Lodge, Kaikoura
    Time: 10pm
    Latitude: 42°24′14.08″S
    Longitude: 173°40′57.40″E
    Elevation: ~20 m
    Wind speed: ~40-60 mph
    Precipitation: heavy in the morning
    Breakfast: Musli & other leftover food
    Lunch: Tuna and crackers
    Supper: Fish & Chips
    Last night it rained a lot! Spruce and I were sleeping in bivy sacks under a tarp and although we weren’t getting rained on directly, our bivy sacks [...]

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