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Outdoor Magazine

Outdoor Magazine March - April 2018

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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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the strongest spirit

It's about community. A community of climbing, a community of running and trekking, a community of paddling in river and sea and a community of riding bikes down bush tracks. And then there's the umbrella community that enwraps everything. Outdoor attempts to extract and refine stories from each of these, then bundle them up and present them in a way that helps anyone outside looking in become interested enough to get involved. There's a vibrancy and a potential to connect with vital truths by joining in on something cool, like the adventures we present in this issue. We like to think we're helping people connect using old-school words and pictures. With that in mind, we've jammed this issue with some ripping yarns from home and abroad. Megan Holbeck traverses the Nepali…

4 min.
this month’s expedition crew

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 his fingers occupied, from ice climbing and cycle touring to epic hikes and trail running around a remote Pacific island. His 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the volcano, both inactive and extremely excitable, with climbing trips lined up in both Ecuador & the DRC. Namibia and Bangladesh also feature in the near future, as well as finally tackling the classic Kokoda Track in PNG. Australia though remains the epicentre of his exploits, with SA's Flinders Ranges currently…

2 min.
plunge into the ocean

Meet the characters and creatures of the environment that gave us life: the ocean. Through nine short and medium-length films, share an evening of raw power, overflowing passion, and deep respect at the Ocean Film Festival World Tour. “These films are made by surfers, divers, sailors, and swimmers who feel compelled to share their connection to the water with us,” says Festival director, Jemima Robinson. “Through two hours of deep-water spearfishing, big-wave riding, cross-ocean rowing, and sailing a backyard hobby yacht from England to Auckland, we realise that this love we have for the ocean – as Australians – is a global and fundamentally human emotion.” Festival films are selected from a pool of submissions that come from across Australia and the world. From an electric exploration of Victoria’s coastal critters to the…

3 min.
the real deal - aussie big wave royalty ross clarke-jones

Diving headlong into 2018, Aussie big wave hell-man Ross Clarke-Jones is riding harder, faster, and higher! Having recently smashed his personal big wave (and World) record by taking on the ‘Big Mama’ at Portugal’s Nazare. With his fearless and inimitable style, Clarke-Jones remains the only surfer in the world to ride right over on ‘Big Mama’ – an awe-inspiring wave peak considered to be one of the most dangerous on the planet – and the one closest to the lighthouse at Nazare that dominates iconic images around the world. Almost 20 years to the day, Clarke-Jones rode the largest swells in history outside Log Cabins on the North Shore of Oahu Hawaii. Labelled “Biggest Wednesday” - Wednesday, January 28, 1998. “January 28, 1998, was my first Big Wednesday, so to do it all…

3 min.
books, movies, culture

IMPERIUM A FICTION OF THE SOUTH SEAS Christian Kracht Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $23.00 Back in the day, like way back in 1900, city life, especially during a harsh, wet and cold European winter was typically miserable. Kracht has penned a fictionalised account based on the actions of eccentric countryman, August Engelhardt, who in 1902 left Germany for the islands of the Bismarck Archipelago, in what was then German New Guinea. It’s easy to imagine the fantastical perceptions people had of the Pacific Isles back then, especially during the depths of a German winter. It’s obviously an absurd notion now, but back then many assumed coconut milk was some sort of wonder elixir, responsible for the care-free joy and suppleness of smiling South Pacific Islanders. Engelhardt, and others like him, were so convinced they uprooted…

7 min.
young gun running

"I'm definitely a different person than before running because of the way I approach things and what I can get through" The holy grail of endurance trails, California's Western States 100 mile (161km) looms large over the heads of any runner with a desire to throw themselves at the pinnacle of their sport and see if they make it out alive or crack under the mental pressure. Since its inception in 1974, athletes from all over the world have journeyed to the course, which ascends more than 5000m and descends more than 7000m. It's remote, rugged, and hazardous, with zero forgiveness for those who are not mentally or physically prepared for its relentless wilderness challenges which include, among others, a dangerous fording of the American River. For 21 year-old Lucy Bartholomew, of…