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Wild WILD 162

Expand your horizons with Australia’s longest running wilderness adventure magazine. With in-depth features and stunning photographs from some of the world’s greatest adventurers, WILD will keep you up-to-date on all aspects of wilderness pursuits.

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Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wild Bunyip Pty Ltd
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in search of hazardous adventure (within reason)

In the pursuit of fine tales of adventure, the editorial team at Wild is blessed with a wide array of materials offered both by people from within our readership and from professional writers (sometimes they’re both). We’ll always be grateful for the number and fine calibre of submissions that we receive. The greater challenge lies in divining the correct balance of material to place in each magazine, and how each magazine should be presented. Since 1981, it’s easy to observe numerous and quite significant ways in which the publication has evolved – and it’s not just the hairstyles. As for the last three issues of Wild (this one included), there has been another clear change in direction for its design, and we know this has caused some consternation for long-term readers. This…

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photo portfolio

PROGRESSION UP TRIGGER FINGER (W14) Location: Wye Creek Ice Crag, The Remarkables, New Zealand Photographer: Sam Thompson Camera: Panasonic GH4 Lens: 12-35mm f/2.8 Settings: Stitched with Adobe Photoshop Date Taken: July 2017 A sustained line, Trigger Finger involves several short vertical sections mixed with 70 and 80 degree sections, and an ice chimney at the top of P1 which can involve stemming between rock and ice. Pictured is Julian Goad, leading up Pitch Two. TRANQUILITY Location: Brodribb River, East Gipplsand VIC Photographer: Andrew Barnes Camera: Nikon D800 Lens: AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR. Settings: f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 200 Ken Hawkins canoes the Brodribb River upstream toward the Brodribb Nature Conservation Reserve, North East of Orbost. While not a difficult river, the Brodribb provides a gentle paddle into Lake Curlip or the Snowy River. A LONELY DROP Location: Cape Huay, Tasman Peninsular, TAS Photographer: Lachlan Gardiner Camera:…

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wild shot

Eliza wins an Osprey Manta AG 28, valued at $239.95. Designed for lightweight hiking for the day or even overnight, the Manta includes Osprey’s LightWire frame, mesh backpanel, BioStretch shoulder harness and AG hipbelt for on-the-go comfort. Winning Photo This image was taken at ‘Disappointment Spur Hut’, which turned out to be not so disappointing at all! We had spent the previous two nights out exploring the winter wonderland of the Australian Alps. In this moment, the three of us were very happy, because just as the sun went down, we had success with our fire. We spent the remainder of our evening beneath a clear sky and full moon, revelling in the adventures we had shared and enjoying the company of each other and our surrounds. Eliza Rowe - VIC This photo was…

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product & technology

HYDRA-LIGHT CONVERTS WATER FOR ILLUMINATION The US EPA estimates that over three billion batteries are thrown away every year. That’s 180,000 tonnes of batteries, of which more than 86,000 tonnes are single-use alkaline batteries, going into landfill. Melbourne based start-up, Hydra-Light International, set themselves the challenge of finding a light source that wouldn’t require batteries, and would offer an alternative to solar. Three years in research and development, and the PL500 beta Hydra-Light was launched 2016. Using an ion exchange process to produce energy, the Hydra-Light is entirely powered by saltwater. You dip a power rod in salt water, drop it into the light housing, wait 10-15 seconds, and voila, the Hydra-light will output up to 132 lumens for 250 hours. That’s the equivalent of 85 AA batteries. If you don’t happen to…

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chaco footwear arrives down under

It was the late 1980s and Colorado river guide, Mark Paigen, had an epiphany. “The difference between a river guide and a US savings bond is that after 20 years, the savings bond matures and starts to earn money. After five years of guiding, the writing was on the wall.” Chacos was born. As a river guide, Paigen had long ditched running shoes when on the water and instead wore either Teva or Alps sandals. However, he wanted to improve on their design, and create a sandal that would stay on his feet after being flipped in the most gnarly Grade 5 rapid. The design would be based on five key points; 1) synthetic materials, 2) anatomical strap placement, 3) a continuous pull-through strap, 4) top shelf components and 5) no velcro.…

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all things great & small

TINY TEMNOS Family Temnocephalidae Have you ever been yabbying and seen some weird, tiny black leeches on the carapace? Or picked up a Murray cray (or other spiny crayfish) and seen some squishy, white balls moving in its mouth parts? Perhaps you’ve bought some delicious marron from the side of the road and noticed they were covered in hard little bumps? Well, they’re not leeches, and they’re not dangerous to you or the animals they live on. These little creatures are part of a group of flatworms (Temnocephalida: Platyhelminthes) that are ectosymbiotic on yabbies (Cherax), freshwater spiny crayfish (Euastacus), water bugs, freshwater shrimp and sometimes turtles. “Ecto,” meaning outside and “symbiotic,” meaning they live in close physical association. Most temnocephalids, or temnos for short, occur on the external surfaces of freshwater crayfish in…

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