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Outdoor Magazine Nov/Dec 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.

Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
a life lived in moments

COUNTLESS COLD, winter hours pounding the dirt or concrete upon a predawn course. Then sweat, exhaustion and gruelling repetition in stinking summer heat. Thousands of punishing kilometres pushing your body to the brink of collapse. Sacrifice and commitment have become second nature. Until, finally, the moment arrives. Life is made of moments such as these. The training, the preparation, the gaining of experience. All of it designed to ready yourself for key moments that add significance to the grand journey ahead. Each of the stories that feature in our end-of-year issue have been planned and considered. In many respects, they are the culmination of years of training and organising. At their heart, the adventures covered in this issue are parts of bigger things to come. Perhaps Catherine Lawson and David Bristow will…

2 min
right here, right now... right here, right now.

DAVID CAULDWELL David's most memorable trip to date was a 10-day solo hike in the Isle of Skye, Scotland, an initiation of sorts where his feet aged like fine cheese, and he also matured as a lone vagabond. He's itching (not from all the midge bites) to soon disappear into the wilds of Patagonia or Canada, where he'd love to sit by a turquoise lake or watch a bear catch fish. LAURA WATERS Laura is a nature nomad with a passion for hiking, paddling, scuba diving and anything else in the great outdoors. A 3000km/5 month hike from one end of New Zealand to the other ended up being a life changing journey, inspiring her to give up a corporate job in favour of a life of adventuring. CATHERINE LAWSON Captivated by wild places and…

4 min
the clearest views from memory lane

What makes certain memories sear into your memory more intensely than others? The theme of this issue – unforgettable moments – got me thinking about this question from an outdoorsy perspective. For me, at least, memories of camping trips seem to be more vividly portrayed in my mind's eye than, say, a weekend in a new city. Why is this? To find out, let’s go on a deep dive into the mysteries of memories and why some are more enduring and powerful than others. Here I'll focus on autobiographical memory – that is, your mental record of lived experience, not semantic (factual) or procedural (skill-based) memory, although they can overlap. First up is emotional context. The connection between emotion and memory makes perfect evolutionary sense. If something makes us feel good, it's…

2 min
to capture or enjoy the moment?

The mantra that smartphones are making people insular and closed off from the world around them, though true, is now in the realms of cliche. We’ve all heard it and said it a billion times. It is imprinted on our neurons like text on the page. Which is why I feel slightly awkward about that other piece of tech, the camera, that preoccupies us when we should really be enjoying the outdoors. I’m an avid photographer myself, I’m not having a dig. It’s just that when I’m walking around a beautiful place, tweaking settings and seeing it only through my viewfinder, I become slightly self-conscious. But then, is the alternative of simply standing around in the outdoors with arms spread wide, soaking it up, any better? Is the idea that you should force…

3 min
ethical adventures, award winning destination

“Lord Howe Island is so extraordinary, it’s almost unbelievable”SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH Lord Howe Island’s existing Sallywood (Lagunaria patersonia) Swamp Forest is an endangered ecological section of Earth’s biodiversity endemic to the island alone. Nearly 200 years ago, it was cleared by the island’s early settlers because the forest’s natural habitat, a relatively small area of flat land on the otherwise mountainous island, was deemed suitable for pasture and crops. Back then, the settlers weren’t to know the land they cleared for food and farming was in fact the only place on Earth where the relatively innocuous-looking forests existed. In 1834 when British whaling vessel, Caroline, sailing from New Zealand, landed on Blinky Beach carrying the first permanent residents of the island, such things were non-existent concerns. Fast forward to today and the urgency…

1 min
free solo speed record set in dolomites

CIMA GRANDE (“Big Peak”), Italy, stands at 2999m and forms part of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo massif, a set of three distinct but connected fang-like peaks in the Dolomites. This September, 35 year old professional climber from Switzerland Dani Arnold set a record time climbing up its north face, along the 550m-long Comici-Dimai route, clocking in at 46 minutes and 30 seconds — and thereby smashing the previous record by 20 minutes. Arnold, who is sponsored by Mammut, completed the climb without ropes — in the style of Alex Honnold on his famous climb of El Capitan documented in Free Solo. His confidence to be able to do so was helped by three practice climbs with mates. But the training started long before that, during Arnold's youth spent climbing Swiss crags. Arnold, at…