New Osprey Packs - Just Arrived

New Osprey Packs – Just Arrived

Talon Multi-use Technical Pack Series 2011: Redesigned profile and in new coloursShared features: – Two torso sizes: Small-Medium and Medium-Large – Easy access external hydration compartment – AirScape backpanel with ridge molded foam and air chimneys – Talon BioStretch™ adjustable … read more »

New Icebreaker Winter 11 Range

New Icebreaker Winter 11 Range

The Icebreaker Winter 2011 collections have started to arrive in store and online! There have been some problems getting all the new styles and new colours out at the same time this year but we think it is high time … read more »

Major Earthquake in Christchurch

Major Earthquake in Christchurch

A major earthquake in Christchurch just before 1pm on February 22nd has closed down our inner city Christchurch based shops which are badly damaged. All staff are safe. Our Tower Junction store has re-opened for business as of this afternoon … read more »

Diary of a Multi-sport Athlete

Diary of a Multi-sport Athlete

Peter O’Sullivan is a Bivouac Outdoor sponsored multisport athlete from Palmerston North who has just completed the world famous Coast-to-Coast as part of the winning two-man team, increasing his tally of titles in the prestigious event to five.  He writes … read more »

The Roaming Pom by Dan Kendall

The Roaming Pom by Dan Kendall

In my opinion there are not too many ways the British hills are better than their Kiwi counterparts, rock quality may be one of these areas. It is true testament to the power of plate tectonics how some of New Zealand’s mountains are forced upward faster than they can tumble down again. While concentrating hard, trying to climb steep rotting snow with my two left limbs and smooth hold-less rock with my right, the distant clatter of rock fall took a moment to register… read more »

Eagle Creek Rebrands in 2011

Eagle Creek Rebrands in 2011

You may have noticed lately that there are 2 different Eagle Creek logos around. That’s because in 2011 Eagle Creek have relaunched their brand in line with their goal to make Eagle Creek an household name synonymous with travel. The … read more »

New: Skins A400 Range

New: Skins A400 Range

New online is the Men’s and Women’s Skins™ A400 Compression clothing range. These compression garments will enable you to work smarter, not harder. Memory MX fabric returns to its original shape no matter what stress you put it through so … read more »

April Arapiles Adventures

April Arapiles Adventures

At Easter a large contingent of Kiwi climbers, as well as the odd Aussie local, converged on a red chunk of rock called Mount Arapiles. I have heard Arapiles described as “the best crag in New Zealand”! I guess even mentioning that could incite robust debate or possibly even rioting, but there is no arguing that it is a world class climbing destination and (300km from Melbourne) relatively easily accessed even from our shores. read more »

Battles with Adversity by Mat StMartin

Battles with Adversity by Mat StMartin

In early July I was in Wanaka at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival and winter was in full swing. It had taken us literally twice as long as normal to drive from Christchurch to Wanaka, driving via the coast due to closed passes yet still in atrocious weather. I was watching a terribly sad documentary on Andrew McCauley, the adventurous Australian who died at sea just 65km from Milford, whilst attempting to be the first person to kayak from Australia to New Zealand. The film made compelling viewing but my thoughts were divided. I was thinking of two young adventurers who were at that moment enduring the same icy weather but further south, whilst they attempted an unsupported winter circumnavigation of Stewart Island in a kayak they had constructed themselves. The thought left me in a feeling of disquiet with knots in my stomach. read more »

Confessions of a Hut Warden by Carl Walrond

Confessions of a Hut Warden by Carl Walrond

I worked here once, the driest place in Fiordland (a matter of relatives). Yet often I would hear on the mountain radio that it was dumping on Dumpling Hut on the Milford Track, while at Moturau Hut on the shores of Lake Manapouri it was overcast. Dumpling averages 8 metres a year – Moturau just over 1 metre – similar to Auckland’s. read more »

Twenty-four-hour Hermits

Twenty-four-hour Hermits

No time for adventure? Carl Walrond explains how to fit in a quick adventure with 24 hours in Otago

We understand each other my brother and I. With two young kids apiece (I call them grunters) there have been few chances to go tramping of late. Getting a leave pass for a ten-day sojourn around Stewart Island or a scrub-bash to Puysegur Point was of course beyond the pale. Oh to have been born in a chauvinistic generation (one back would have done). But the question can easily turn. What if my wife said she was going shopping in Melbourne for ten days and could I look after the kids? read more »

Lyon Country by Carl Walrond

Lyon Country by Carl Walrond

It sounds oxymoronic, but we have come south to the northern Southern Alps. It has taken a day to reach this, the heart of Nelson Lakes National Park. We climb above Blue Lake Hut over an ancient landslide that holds back Lake Constance – an underground stream percolates through it to Blue Lake. Above a scree on the route to Waiau Pass we pause on a tussock bench with a view onto Constance. Deeper than Lake Blue, Constance has a gun-metal hue. read more »

Coasting Solo, footsteps of a white native by Louis Brown

Coasting Solo, footsteps of a white native by Louis Brown

Given the geography of the West Coast, there is good reason that the explorers of the past have been remembered so well and are so highly respected. The purpose of Louis Brown’s adventure was not only to retrace the steps of these adventurers, but to more deeply explore an adventure philosophy and make a contribution to a field that interests him; adventure. read more »

Across the Greenland Ice Cap by Graham Charles

Across the Greenland Ice Cap by Graham Charles

Bivouac joined forces with the Adventure Philosophy team late in 2007 to provide some support and trial a relationship with New Zealand’s leading adventure team. It was a timely beginning with the launch of their latest book. The Unclaimed Coast chronicles the teams’ world first circumnavigation of South Georgia Island. It is filled with stunning photographs from this wild island and is a great read. read more »

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