Brian's Blog

Greetings! This blog is intended to provide my thoughts and learning on a number of aspects about outdoor recreation, trips and larger expeditions. Hopefully over time it will become a resource for people looking for guidance on gear and other matters. I stress that the information provided is based on my own knowledge, reading and experience and the reader should consider carefully before making their own decision and acting on any of the information. I have no formal training in outdoor recreation or any relevant qualifications. My knowledge has been largely gained in the 'school of hard knocks' and the great outdoors. As everybody is different and has a different metabolism, what works for one person may not work for the next. That is one of the great challenges of outdoor recreation - working out what works for you!

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I come from a hill country farming background and my interests are: tramping, trekking, mountaineering, climbing and rock climbing, trail running, kayaking (and kayak fishing), cycling, MTB, cycle touring, adventure racing, trout fishing. I have lots of books on the most of the above as well as sports nutrition, follow advice poorly, and tend to be a bit of a gear hoarder!! Finding time to use the gear is my biggest challenge.

The opinions and information provided are my own and not necessarily those of the Alpine Sports Club Inc. Please feel free to contact me regarding any of the content, for further information or for specific information on items/subjects that may be of interest to you.

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Weight and Outdoor Activities - A Measuring Stick

Interested in running a 5K, 10K, half marathon, a marathon or longer distances? What should your target weight be? The best guidance seems to be the Stillman height/weight formula relied on by many coaches. This formula was developed for feet and inch measurements and is best calculated on this basis. The formula is calculated as follows:Males - first 5 feet of height allow 110 lbs/50 kg, then add 5. 5 lbs/2. 5 kg per inch above 5 feet;Females - first 5 feet of height allow 100 lbs/45 kg, then add 5. 0 lbs/2. Read More

Training Outdoors

Unless you are a professional sportsperson, or retired, then you have to fit training in around work. There are usually two options – early morning or late afternoons/evenings. My strong preference is early mornings but in the summer I occasionally head off into the Waitakere’s for a trail run, often finished under head torch, or perhaps a short cycle around the streets. Sometimes it is kayak fishing out around Bean Rock. I am not a gym person. I have wasted countless dollars on subscriptions, which I never used, and now I just use the outdoors, anywhere, anytime. Read More