>One opinion i have heard espoused amongst local trampers is lightweight gear is not robust enough for NZ?
Lightweight doesn't have to equal fragile. Sleeping bags, stoves, cooking gear, toilet bags, lights etc don't mind what country they're used in :) Even lightweight gear like packs can be bomber: frameless Dyneema MLD and ULA packs are tougher than mainstream lightweight internal frame packs from Osprey.
I don't think NZ conditions are particularly hard on gear. Below the bush line, off trail or really overgrown trails wouldn't suit bashing through with a thin windshirt on. My trail running shoes (Inov8) do wear out quickly though (500-600km?), but I think they're particularly fragile as far as runnners go, and I'd rather replace them more frequently than have to wear something heavier.
>The only recommendation that I would make is to bring knee high gaiters for the INTENSE mud, and trekking poles for the same reason.
It's all down to preference... I gave up on gaiters, now and then I rinse my shoes out in a stream, but I don't miss them. Poles I found too fiddly on rougher tracks.
>Cool, any of the kiwis on the board care to post a winter alpine tramping gear list ?
Don't have a spreadsheet, but here are the main bits:
Inov Terroc 330 (no gaiters)
thinnest weight short sleeve merino top
Rab Phantom Gloves + MLD eVent Mitts
Cactus 100 weight fleece cap
add more fleece/synthetic clothing depending on temps (eg Patagonia R2 Vest/Hoody, Capilene etc)
Montbell UL Windshirt
Fairydown Goretex Paclite rain jacket, pockets removed (305g)
Montbell Peak Shell rain pains
MLD Zip (old version of current Exodus pack)
Platypus 2L Big Zipper
MLD Patrol Shelter (cuben)
Komperdell C3 Compact Carbon Pole (for front of Patrol)
Easton short pole for rear of shelter
MLD Soul Bivy with cuben bottom
GG NightLite full length foam pad (cut in half, half in pack as frame)
SnowPeak LiteMax stove
Firelite 550 titanium pot + wind shield + spoon
Arc Alpinist with 4oz extra-fill (swap for Arc Ghost + 1oz for shoulder/summer)
MB wind pants (use these as 60g pajamas to keep my bag clean)
Skaha Plus Vest/Jacket depending on temps
Sleep gear in cuben stuff sack inside polythene bag
Fenix LD10 AA flashlight
Zebralight H501 AA headlamp
Brunton ADC Summit (acts as watch, altimeter, thermometer)
eTrex Vista GPS, MT410 PLB. The first is more an emergency item.
Canon 980 IS camera, book, ipod nano
This covered me for the N. Island in winter unless I was doing actual climbing, and down here for lower altitudes. Last winter down here I didn't do much serious snow/ice, this winter hopefully some more. Some extra gear for this:
Swap OR Gear Endeavour Goretex mitts for MLD eVent mitts
Swap OR PL400 gloves for Rab Phantom
CAMP Nanotech Ice Axe
Rocky Mountain Goretex socks
Kahtoola KTS Steel crampons
On paper the sleeping gear probably looks like overkill for lows of perhaps -15C, but I sleep cold (too many years living in Auckland I think) and I don't rely on wearing any of my day clothes (fleece gear etc) to bed because they can be soaked through.
Here's a pic from Saturday:
And here's some more 'robust' footwear: