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Outdoor Magazine July/Aug 2019

Widely regarded as Australia’s premier adventure magazine, Outdoor features human-powered experiences such as hiking, mountain biking and paddling; road trips and iconic destinations; as well as an array of technical features and how-to guides. It’s a respected brand with a rich heritage that captures the spirit of adventure through inspiring content, top-notch images and great practical tips.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
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in this issue

2 min.
winter renewal

AS YOU’LL no doubt have noticed, Outdoor has changed a bit since the last issue. We think of our slight redesign as a winter renewal, everything pruned back in readiness for the plump sweet buds of spring. Something like that, anyway. We dearly hope you like it as much as we do. Let me know what you think, I’d be very interested in your feedback. With the fresh new look comes a whole host of fresh new stories. This issue, we feature two stories from the roof of the world, one by Huw Kingston about his 30-year connection to Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, northern India and another by Rosie Barry about a three week Nepali Himalaya trek odyssey she enjoyed with her husband and four kids, aged 13, 12, 11 and…

2 min.
dispatches from near and far

ROSIE BARRY Rosie met her husband, Stuart, almost 20 years ago on a trekking holiday in Nepal. They live with their four children in the foothills of kumanyi (Mt Wellington) in Rosie’s native town, Hobart. The family’s favourite holidays involve backpacks or panniers, and whether it’s on Tasmanian trails or exploring the world, being outdoors and being together are the top criteria. They are passionate about the environment and aim for a sustainable future through their uncomplicated lifestyle. DAN SLATER Dan has been writing for Australian adventure and travel magazines since he washed up here from Blighty nine years ago and decided to blag his way into the most glamorous job he could think of. Since then he’s had to dream up ever more interesting trips to keep occupied, from ice climbing and…

4 min.
winter adaptations

Ha! Brace yourself for the weather!” I don’t know how many times I heard this response when I told people I was moving to Scotland (followed closely by “Hope you like whisky”), but it was a lot. And it’s true – it is cold and wet. It turns out that Glasgow’s weather going into summer is a lot like Melbourne’s going into winter. Some days pour with rain. Others begin with beautiful clear skies; the air so crisp it hurts my lungs. My partner, who had a year’s head start living here, has no problem going outside in a long-sleeved shirt. “You’ll get used to it,” he says, as I rug up in a jacket, scarf, beanie and gloves. And that got me thinking of the stints I’ve spent in cold temperatures. When I’ve…

2 min.
not quite the world’s worst journey

Recently, I bought a copy of The Worst Journey in the World. This recount of Robert Falcon Scott’s doomed attempt to be the first to the South Pole, written by trip member Apsley Cherry-Garrard, is widely lauded as one of the best adventure tales of all time. Over a few rainy days, I read it front to back. The South Pole was like the moon of the early 20th century. You could rightly think the ‘worst journey’ of the title refers to Scott’s well-known attempt to reach it first. Because, his journey was indeed a bad one (skip to the last two paragraphs to avoid spoilers). From the moment the ship of Englishmen left port, conditions and happenstance blighted them at every turn. After a year of setting up depots, a…

4 min.
mountainous misadventures

How do we justify the impact we impose on our environment and the people we share it with? What makes our adventurous pursuits more important than those of other people? Why do we feel the need to broadcast our “adventure” to the world and create an environmental nightmare? Recently we’ve seen images from Mt Everest with over 200 climbers queuing in the perilous Death Zone to “bag” the summit. Some in the queue are experienced mountaineers; they may be attempting to tick the last of fourteen 8000m+ peaks off their list, or to climb the big E without the big O (supplementary oxygen). Others in line pay tens of thousands of dollars to be escorted up whilst sucking back oxygen the whole way. Of course, there are many “inbetweeners” who have…

4 min.
on top of the world

SOMETIMES A story can be told in numbers. Switzerland has a longstanding reputation as the go-to Mecca of winter sports, but certain statistics would suggest there is a whole lot more to this blessed country than good times in the snow. 65,000 kilometres of walking trail extend throughout Switzerland. If you walked 20km every day, it would take you nine years to complete that distance. With the initiative the Swiss take in making the most of their landscapes, there would probably be even more than 65,000km by the time you crossed the finish line – what with 1,500 volunteers setting up and maintaining over 50,000 signposts and way markers that make hiking here both efficient and safe. Many Aussies are realising the opportunities that await them patiently over in Europe, while others…