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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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Serenity Bug Biv
This has been SOLD - Thanks!! I have for sale the Mountain Laurel Designs Serenity bug biv. This has only been used twice (new condition). It has the half door option - i.e. solid SilNylon only...

In Gear Swap » Serenity Bug Biv
September 02, 2:23am

Serenity Bug Biv
See updated posting

In Gear Swap » Serenity Bug Biv
August 31, 3:24am

Sleeping Bag - Western Mountaineering Highlite
For sales in new condition - WM Highlite sleeping bag. Its the 6ft model, 16oz total weight with 8oz fill - good to 35 degrees. About a year old. Go to WMs website to get full technical specs.....

In Gear Swap » Sleeping Bag - Western Mountaineering Highlite
July 17, 1:40am

Re: Re: Gear List - JMT Late Summer 2011
Brad - I am renting the Bearikade - Go to Wild Ideas website

In Gear Lists » Gear List - JMT Late Summer 2011
July 15, 3:27am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Gear List - JMT Late Summer 2011
Brad - I live in the "Home of Icebreaker" - New Zealand. Without a bias bone in my body, this gear rocks - go for 150 boxers. I also use the 150 T shirt, long and short sleeve. You can we...

In Gear Lists » Gear List - JMT Late Summer 2011
July 15, 3:23am

Re: Bug Head Gear Protection
Thanks Guys - S2S looks like to go - $8.95 at REI (MLD was $25+ for theirs!)

In GEAR » Bug Head Gear Protection
July 09, 5:24am

Bug Head Gear Protection
I am doing the JMT next Month (August) - We are coming in from NZ so not too sure of what to expect re bugs - Will we have a big Mozzie problem this time of the year? Will I need a head net?

In GEAR » Bug Head Gear Protection
July 08, 4:48am

Re: updates to my list.
Hmmm - Pancho tarp is a bit of a worry (don't want to start an another thread here!) but think about Dri Ducks, jacket only. You'll love the Montbell. Can't get my head around the qui...

In Gear Lists » August JMT. First UL Attempt
June 21, 4:53am

Re: August JMT. First UL Attempt
Hi Mike - I am also doing the JMT in August - We are from NZ and seasoned Kiwi trampers (I know it has a sexual connotation for you Yanks, but that's our term for hiking/climbing down here!). W...

In Gear Lists » August JMT. First UL Attempt
June 10, 9:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Water Purifiers
OK, SteriPEN it is - Thanks guys for the input - I am traveling to Dallas April 26 for three days!!!! (Business) so will pick one up then. A lot cheaper than paying freight to NZ. Hitting JMT Nor...

In GEAR » Water Purifiers
March 28, 1:21am

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