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Outdoor Magazine September - October 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.

Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
find your own adventure

Of all the books, articles, pitches, press releases and emails I read, one thing stands out — at its heart, living the dream, leading a thrill-packed adventurous life, is a never-ending cascade of choices. There’s a thunderous roar that whispers quietly in the ears of most as we read and survey the amazing feats of the Alex Honnold’s and Jessica Watson’s of this World. “What,” the roar whispers as you’re sat on a commuter train or in rush hour traffic, “are you doing with your life, you decrepit swine?” Yes, there’s sacrifices, kids to be nurtured, mortgages to be paid and all that, but what would life be without consequential decisions? Cosseted as we are in the privileged confines of our magazine or internet-reading pointy-ended bubble of human comfort, not making decisions of…

4 min
this month’s expedition crew

JOANNE MARRIOTT Jo’s hiking and biking adventures have taken her all over the world, squelching through bogs on her way to the top of Mount Stanley in the Rwenzori Mountains, mountain biking across Iceland into freezing headwinds with just socks on her hands to keep warm and crawling her way through the snow for the final push to the summit Kala Patthar on her way to Everest Base Camp. She’s happiest in the mountains (somewhat ironic that she lives in Perth) surrounded by fresh air, blue skies, incredible scenery and hearty food. These days you’ll mostly find her on the trails with her husband, carrying their twin babies and toddler through WA’s stunning national parks and camping out in the bush with some cheeky chocolate and red wine. PAT KINSELLA Pat has long…

5 min
the conservation cycle

This issue of Outdoor marks an auspicious event. Four decades have passed since the Tasmanian Hydro-Electric Commission, then owned by the Tasmanian government, announced its intentions to build a dam to generate hydroelectricity on the Gordon River. Doing so would flood the Franklin River. While backed by the State Government, the scheme was opposed by the Federal Government – not to mention environmentalists and conservationists. After five years of parliamentary debate, protests and marches, the High Court ruled that the Australian Government had legitimately stopped the dam's construction, putting an end to the Hydro-Electric Commission's plans. I have no memories of the Tasmanian Dam Case or the events leading up to it. Most of it went down before I was born and I was still in nappies when the High Court in Brisbane handed…

3 min
books, movies, culture

EVERYDAY ADVENTURES, Anita Isalska, editor. Lonely Planet, $24.99 Weave a little wonder into daily life with these fun and challenging activities - and experience your local area in a whole new way. Invite friends on a social adventure, follow your senses somewhere new and embark on a cultural odyssey. Lonely Planet shows you how to embrace the traveller spirit and discover a new side to where you live. For each activity, we tell you what to bring and provide simple, easy-to-follow instructions to make it a success. You'll also find a case study from someone who's completed it, as well as surprising facts and anecdotes that shed light on the history and science behind each quirky quest. Everyday Adventures is comprised of five themed chapters: • Follow Your Senses: Urban Foraging / Fly By Night /…

2 min
40 years of the franklin

Forty years ago, the then-Tasmanian Hydro-Electric Commission announced its intentions to build a dam on the Gordon River that would flood the Franklin River and the surrounding area. Five years of lobbying, protests, arrests, scientific discoveries and exploration paid off, and in 1983, 35 years ago, the High Court handed down its decision in favour of saving the Franklin River. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the first commercial rafting expedition to make it down the Franklin River. By introducing new people to the area, and exploring the river itself, the rafting trips helped to raise awareness of the plight of the Franklin. The challenge was to see if it was possible for a commercially sized raft to make it unscathed through the white wash. The inaugrual expedition set off…

1 min
who run the world?

The 2018 Everest Marathon saw the largest ever turnout of Australian women, with two from the team finishing in the top 10. Competitors race from Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar, a village in Nepal. Participating in this marathon involves up to 10 days of trekking to reach Base Camp, as well as altitude-induced difficulties that can include sleeplessness, headaches and a hacking cough (the Khumbu cough). The marathon is also run at altitude, and the low oxygen levels (just 50 per cent of what is experienced at sea level) and rough terrain mean that marathon times are blown out for most non-locals. The Australian team didn't let any of this stop them, however. Laurette Lubbers crossed the finish line in 8 hours, 33 minutes to place ninth in the women's…