19/04/17 3:25 PM
24/03/17 4:01 PM
This summer Nigel spent a month living and working at King Edward Point on the island of South Georgia one of the most isolated places in the world, the climate is extremely harsh and the landscape is inhospitable but also magnificent. Nigel very kindly took the time to write to us to tell us about it:
The Allardyce range which dominates the interior of the island contains several towering peaks including Mount sugar-top and Mount Paget which at almost 3000 meters is the tallest peak on the island. This along with dozens of extensive glaciers such as the Neumayer and Nordenskjöld glaciers which sweep down the into the bays and inlets that cluster along the coast make this island a wonder of the natural world.
Not only is the landscape incredibly beautiful but the island is an important breeding site for Albatross, petrel and penguin population and also Antarctic fur seals and elephant seals, some 3 million Antarctic fur seals make South Georgia there home during the summer months.
I was working for a New Zealand based company called Indigena Biosecurity International which has the contract for the control of Invasive plants on the island, these include grasses and herbaceous plants some introduced from the Falklands 1,550 kilometers away.
While working on the contract I was able to visit many amazing places on the island not only many of the beaches, glaciers and coastlines but also the remnants of the whaling stations, which made this isolated island a huge industrial center while they were open and making money for there owners.
Now the workers than ran these stations have disappeared along with the whales that once swam in these waters, leaving only the rusting remnants and industrial wreckage behind.
While I was there I was comfortable wearing a pair of Trade plus supertrousers and Cactus collared jacket and was able to pack the gear needed for the days work in a Cactus miklat backpack.
All the Cactus gear I brought with me I found to be stylish, hard wearing and most importantly warm, the Supertrousers in particular were great at keeping out the wind and light to moderate rain a big plus in a place like South Georgia!
The collared jacket was perfect for both work purposes and also relaxing after work with its comfortable but practical look and minimalist functional design.
All in all the Cactus gear lived up to its reputation as durable, practical outdoor gear, and I would recommend them to anyone interested in them for work or play.
2/03/17 3:22 PM
We're all super excited to have a new member of the Cactus crew. Anna is our new customer services whizz. If you ever call or email, it'll be Anna you'll be talking to. Anna fits in well here - she loves bike riding, cactus's (the plants), climbing, tramping, surfing and DIY. With her partner, she's built her very own tiny house. It's pretty impressive. There's a stuff article all about it here or for more pics check out her blog. We'll also post any updates on our Facebook page.
21/02/17 3:13 PM
As the Karapoti’s longest running sponsor, Cactus was proud to be the main sponsor at this year’s event.
Established in 1986, the Karapoti Classic is the Southern Hemisphere’s longest running mountain bike event. Located just outside Wellington in the Akatarawa ranges, the Karapoti’s 50km course incorporates river crossings, steep climbs and technical descents all set among native forest. The classic Lemans style start sees competitors straight into the infamous Akatarawa River crossing, with depths often between waist and shoulder height depending on rainfall. Just the way to wake the body up before tackling one of the first gut busting climbs.
Previous years of hot, sunny and settled February weather were not to be as racers were greeted with gloomy, rainy and muddy conditions for what was going to be an exciting event. The average weather seen the usual turnout of 800+ racers dwindle to 600 hearty racers to brave the start line for the mad dash across the cool Akatarawa River and then into the gruelling 50km course.
As usual, the 2017 Cactus Karapoti Classic was not without drama, with many racers suffering from mechanicals and crashes due to the adverse trail conditions. Among finishers for the 50k Challenge included Lucy Jurke and Emily Hannah, aged 11, the youngest ever finishers in the events 32year history, well done!
With a stacked field of riders from over 8 countries, the men and women’s overall winners included Kyle Ward, one of Australia’s top riders, and NZ’s own Samara Sheppard finishing just shy of the women’s course record at a time of 2hrs 42min (impressive given the conditions).
Another event for the day included the Cactus 5K Kids Challenge which saw over 100 under 11’s tackle a muddy course with multiple river crossings. A great introduction into mountain bike racing for the youngsters, proving they were tough enough to turn up and have a blast on what was a great event regardless of the weather.
Event information, results and post race report available here
1/02/17 11:08 AM
Harpoon is a dedicated cold brew coffee company based in South Dunedin and selling in grocery stores throughout the country.
When Arjun started the business in 2015 he put a message out to see if anyone wanted the coffee grounds, which are a useful by-product of coffee brewing. A stranger at the time, Tod Coxhead, jumped at the offer and started collecting them regularly for his garden. A couple of years later, Tod is a business partner of Harpoon Cold Brew Coffee and head of production. With the popularity of Cold Brew Coffee on the rise, Tod has been looking for ways to get rid of the ever increasing amount of coffee grounds. As a result there are help-yourself-bins outside the cold brewery on Glasgow Street and they've gone to community gardening groups like Youthgrow and the Polytech gardens. The most recent batch has been taken by trailer to a friends garden to nurture their fruit trees. So far not a single gram of grounds has gone to landfill.
"Cold brew coffee is easy to make but hard to perfect. You've got to consider the beans, roast, grind, brew time and temperature to name a few of the variables. Currently we're using a Brazillian coffee which has notes of milk chocolate and a long clean finish. We don't use any sugar or indeed anything besides water and coffee to make our cold brew, so extracting just the right flavours from the coffee is imperative. It's takes a lot of trialing and patience but we're damned proud of the end result. We're pretty excited to share our cold brew with cactus customers that appreciate quality." David from Harpoon
Cold Brew coffee is a tasty refreshing drink all year round, but particularily in summer. It may not replace your morning (hot) brew but it's ideal and extremely convenient for a delicious smoko drink or an afternoon, chilling in the backyard, refreshing pick-me-up. It's a heck of a lot better for you than a sugary energy drink and it tastes better too.
For more info about Harpoon Cold Brew head along to their website here.
FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY GRAB A FREE HARPOON COLD BREW WITH ANY IN STORE CANVAS LEG WEAR PURCHASE!*
*While stocks of legwear and cold brew last. In store only. Cactus T's & C's apply.