Kepler Mountains Travel Guide

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Kepler Mountains Shopping

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    by kiwi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This shop is a specialist outdoor shop ideally suited to the nature of the region here. When the might of nature can turn the weather conditions into a real danger in minutes, it is so very important to be prepared and adequately equipped.
    I found their hours very convenient, as in the summer they are open till 9pm every day. Winter sees the opening day cut back to 5pm closing and halfdays on Saturday.

    What to buy: You will find most of your needs for tramping, fishing, hunting, and extreme sporting, in this region. I always believe that locals know best and therefore equip best for the location.

    What to pay: Good outdoor equipment never comes cheap, and it's beneficial to pay for quality. I found some good sale prices in this shop.

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Kepler Mountains Warnings and Dangers

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    by kiwi Written Apr 25, 2005

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    If you find a danger/warning sign please heed it's warning, for your own safety. Trees often come down over the track and here over a bridge. Do what the sign advises, and take extreme care doing so.
    If you get hurt out here, remember it's not the easiest part of the country to be rescued from.

    Danger signs are serious.
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    by kiwi Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    The sign on the inside of the toilet door reads something like this: Keep a tight hold on the door when opening, and please make sure the latch catches when closing.

    This toilet is perched precariously on the side of a steep gully however it is nicely tied down with wire strops.

    The door warning is for when the wind is strong and can take the door off it's hinges.

    Look closely and you will see me inside this tiny building!

    Loo with a view
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    by kiwi Written Apr 18, 2005

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    When walking the nature trails and off the beaten track areas of NZ, if you are on a formed track, there is always the risk you will come across a slip or area where the track has been damaged. We found this on the Kepler, and had to detour up this steep bank using the tree roots as steps. With a 15k pack on it was difficult to negotiate, being careful not to lose balance and fall down the gully.
    Take your time and concentrate on each step and you get there safely.

    Temporary track
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Kepler Mountains What to Pack

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    by kiwi Updated Jan 24, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: There are two great NZ brands of backpacks that come highly recommended. They are Katmandhu and Macpac.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Of course you need a good pair of tramping boots. Shoes really aren't enough if you encounter some rough weather. If you could guarantee 5 days of fine weather then shoes are fine, but that's just not possible.
    A great pair of standby shoes are the small rubber diving shoes, in the photo. They are great for wearing in the huts at night, and if some 'tragedy' befalls your boots, at least they will protect your feet in an emergency. When in New Zealand, these slippers are available from most towns in a large chain store called "The Warehouse", for less than $NZD10.

    Miscellaneous: If you fancy, then take one of these small bottles of methode champagnoise, for a much needed celebration on the night of your choice, maybe the last. Its only enough for one, but it's so nice to have after a long and hard climb.

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