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Robin McKay (rlmckay) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Auckland NZ
About Me I have been tramping (Americans say hiking) since I was a kid in the Boy Scouts. I have mostly tramped the South Island of NZ. Due to business commitments these days I usually squeeze in about 5 trips a year - mainly 3 to 5 days with always a big Christmas trip (our summer) of 14 plus days.
I belong to the Auckland Tramping club - a very active organisation - Google it.
I started Lightweight Tramping about 8 years ago - rather fanatical about it now!
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My PDF Gear ListRob's 3 Season NZ Gear List 2013

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All Forum Posts by Robin McKay

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Re: First-timer... JMT 2012
Megan - I am in NZ - I did the JMT in August last year. I did Yosemity to Red Medows and the on to Whitney - 10Kgs each leg. Some thoughts... You do NOT need a tent - I slept under the stars ...

In Gear Lists » First-timer... JMT 2012
May 11, 2:45am

Re: First-timer... JMT 2012
Megan - I am in NZ - I did the JMT in August last year. I did Yosemity to Red Medows and the on to Whitney - 10Kgs each leg. Some thoughts... You do NOT need a tent - I slept under the stars ...

In Gear Lists » First-timer... JMT 2012
May 11, 2:39am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 2012 Gorilla
I agree re shoulder straps - plus fabric - dyneema better

In GEAR » 2012 Gorilla
April 24, 2:17am

Re: Re: Re: Re: 2012 Gorilla
Yes it does - I used this on my recent JMT Hike

In GEAR » 2012 Gorilla
April 24, 2:16am

Andrew's Book
I am an experienced ultra light weight hiker in NZ. Got my copy of Andrew's book last week. Good advice, great layout. Would have like more "brand" suggestions on gear. But understand...

In Editor's Roundtable » Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Book Review
March 03, 12:22am

Wanted MLD Burn
Anybody got MLD Burn 4 sale? I'm 6 foot so looking for "tall" torso. Email Update: Thanks - I got response to the above and purchased

In Gear Swap » Wanted MLD Burn
September 17, 8:40pm

Re: Mistaken for Strangers
I love the B&W photos - Superb - especially the Trailstar shots!!

In Editor's Roundtable » Mistaken for Strangers
September 07, 12:30am

Re: bear canisters?
Jon - I have the GG Gorilla Pack - Just completed the JMT - Used a Bearikade W/E from Wild Ideas (rented it). Got 9 days food in and it fitted vertically on top of a loosely packed tarp, bivy bag, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011: Part 3 – Packs for UltraLight Backpacking
September 03, 9:09pm

ULA Conduit Pack
It's sold Very good condition - I think it is large torso size (can't remember when I ordered!). But the back panel of pack is 22" long - ULA website puts this in middle of large sizi...

In Gear Swap » ULA Conduit Pack
September 02, 4:17pm

Re: Weight?
176 grams (6.2oz) - I have added this to original post. Also a link to view etc. Cheers Rob

In Gear Swap » Serenity Bug Biv
September 02, 3:34pm

All Reader Reviews by Robin McKay

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zpacks Company
I ordered the Hexamid and asked Joe to customise an extended beak - This customisation is now a standard option! Joe was soooooo helpful with this design change. great communication. I have returned...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 02, 8:42pm

Montrail Vitesse
I agee with Stephen - the sole structure makes it hard to use a gaiter with under strap, there is no arch to protect wear. I've been a "boot man" for 30 years. Changing my footwear was the hardest d...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 26, 12:47am

Marmot Precip Jacket Mens
I use to swear by my MacPac but when I started going light a couple of years ago, 750grams of jacket became a "must ditch" item. Enter Marmot Precip. Now after two season and a work out on NZ's Stewar...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 26, 12:28am

Bozeman Mountain Works Cocoon Pullover
This jacket is the "bees knees". So light, so warm. One off my best buys. Here in NZ we can only get the traditional down jackets. Whilst well made and very warm for our conditions, they are almost do...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 26, 12:21am

ULA Conduit
I already own and have used ULAs P1 but wanted something that dropped from the +50 litre to around +30 litre size - very few light weight pack slotted into this area. Brian has done a superb job with ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 28, 4:35am

Inov8 Terroc 330 - Men's
I tamp (you guys call it hiking) in NZ - conditions are pretty ruggard - all the outdoor people here wear heavy boots. About two years ago I went light weight. The boots were the last item to get my h...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 28, 4:20am

Macpac Adventure
This bag is new to the Macpac (NZ Brand) range. It was designed for the UL adventure runners. It is a fully waterproof down bag and comes in 3 different temp ratings. I love mine and for NZ condition...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 06, 2:53am

Tarptent Squall
I tramp in NZ - our gear has traditionally been TOUGH and built to last three generations!! I had a Macpac Nautilus 2 man double walled tent before moving to UL tramping 2 years ago. This tent weighed...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 06, 2:42am

ULA Equipment P-1
I live and tramp in NZ (Americans call it hiking) I feel tramping is between hiking and mountaineering. I've been tramping for 40 years and always been loyal to our traditional "bullet proof" gear. Th...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 06, 2:28am