I prefer a pikau to a pack, a tarp to a tent, and a simple one-piece stove to a pressurised blast furnace. Tiny alcohol burners fit this bill. They are easy to make and don't require expensive tools or project stock. A couple of soft-drink cans, a craft knife and some patience are all you need.
Journalist Jim Robinson has delved into the history of New Zealand Adventure Racing and comes up with a fascinating record and story.
Hammock camping offers a consistent sleeping platform, regardless of terrain and weather. If you have two strong mounting points, you're well on your way to life on a higher plane.
In the rainy summer of 2016/2017, Allan Brent, Lydia McLean, Alexis Belton and Mark Leslie set out on an epic mission to traverse Te Waipounamu. Here is a taste of their journey, with captions by Alan Brent. The Te Waipounamu traverse was supported by an FMC Expedition Scholarship
Having gone to the bother of getting out into 'nature', this small square of nylon protects me from the wet, windy bits, while letting all the rest in.
FMC's Remarkable Outdoors campaign aims to build the profile of conservation and outdoor issues as New Zealand heads into a general election. All political parties were given the opportunity to respond to the challenges in our campaign. David Barnes summarises their responses.
Can a stove made from three tin cans and an hour of muttering compete with a hi-tech titanium marvel? There's more to it than a scale and a stopwatch.
In my day job, I tend to enjoy complexity and ingenuity, but sometimes I have to get what I wish for, in order to work out what I want.
Do you know your parks from your reserves? Which ones might be swapped tomorrow, which will be there for your grandchildren. Understand the legalese behind the land parcels that collectively constitute our public conservation land, starting with National Parks...
Outdoorsy types often rely completely on their gear, so our gear needs to be completely reliable. Our core equipment includes a pack and sleeping bag.
Since 1984, the MSR WhisperLite has been reliably turning your solvent of choice into fumes, noise and blistering heat.