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clothing for the milford track

Postby lacey » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:00 pm

Hi,

Has anyone done the Milford Track (independently) in mid January? I've read that I should prepare for an entire day of rain, but I'm also wondering what other type of clothes I should plan to bring. How cold/ hot will it get during the day and night with the different elevation changes?

I'm trying to pack as lightly as possible, as I will be carrying everything needed on my back.

Thanks, I appreciate any advice!
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Re: clothing for the milford track

Postby jimshu » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:14 pm

http://www.milfordtrack.net/index.htm
Info about the track there.
And here-http://www.backcountrynz.com/new-zealand-milford-track.htm#WeatherandSeason
Weather and Season
Milford Track lies within a mountain environment. Fiordland National Park has high rainfall and changeable weather. Unpredictable weather patterns mean that cold temperatures, snow, strong winds and heavy rain, which can cause temporary surface flooding on the track, can occur at any time of the year. Be prepared for at least one wet day on your trip. Remember, exposure/ hypothermia can affect anyone when the weather is wet, cold and windy and hypothermia can kill. Correct clothing is essential. Please check current conditions before departing on your trip. Prevailing winds are north-west and south-west; heavy rainfall is common and snow may fall down to 1000m at almost any time of the year.

Clothing and Equipment
Milford Track Walkers must take adequately warm clothing. In fine weather, shorts and a light shirt may be worn but long trousers, a warm shirt and woollen sweater essential for cold conditions. A waterproof parka is also essential. Boots must be worn and these must be properly broken in. A comfortable pack and warm sleeping bag are essential: there is no bedding in the huts.


You'll be tramping near one of the wettest areas in the world,Fiordland.And at any time of year, cold stormy fronts may blow through from the south.Spectacular though and an amazing walk through the area,and 1,000's tramp the track yearly.
Mid -January is our mid summer, but judging from the cold wet Spring we've had , expect similar there for when you go.
I hope you really enjoy your time here.
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Re: clothing for the milford track

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