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Great Walks

Great Walks June/July 2019

Great Walks is packed with gear guides, product reviews, advice on the best travel destinations, inspiring real-life accounts from seasoned walkers and practical information on specific walks and their accompanying maps. From features on the country’s best bushwalks to reviews of the latest outdoor gear, Great Walks is about discovering our amazing national parks and coastline – anywhere where there’s a walking track. Filled with lush photos, detailed walk notes and aspirational overseas destinations, Great Walks is designed to entertain and inspire.

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the big picture

ONE of my jobs as editor of Great Walks is paginating the magazine. Basically it’s like a jigsaw puzzle where I have to place the stories, columns and ads onto the pages to give the mag the right flow and so it follows the theme of the issue, which in this case is View to a Thrill. So I was looking for lovely big images that really capture the walk the story is about. Fortunately this issue is packed with so many eye-catching images that it made my job pretty easy. From the wonderful photography from the Cocos Keeling Islands (pg16) and the High Country pack horse hike (pg26) to our two NZ destinations, the St James Walkway (pg34) and Tongariro’s lesser-known Round the Mountain Track (pg42), there’s plenty to inspire. Also…

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this month’s contributors

Jarka Kluth Jarka’s an outdoor enthusiast whose trails have taken her to multiple continents and years spent hiking in the German Alps. Trevor Leverington Trevor has been bushwalking since the ‘80s. He loves mountainous areas and returns to NZ every few years for a spot of tramping. Rik Soderlund A passionate outdoorsman, writer and photographer, Rik and his young family travel the globe in search of the undiscovered. Sarah Berry Sarah is a travel writer with a passion for hiking. Her favourite walk destinations include Patagonia, Nepal and Canada.…

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jurassic park

It’s been 25 years since the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia was officially recognised with a World Heritage listing. The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, extending past Newcastle to the southeast of Queensland. The area is thriving with plants and wildlife, and an outstanding example of the major stages of Earth’s evolution. To celebrate this 25 year milestone the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has a range of excellent family-friendly activities such as bushwalks and camping trips. This wonderful photo was taken on the Brindle Creek walking track, Border Ranges NP, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. More info: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Gondwana-25…

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this month’s winning letter

Cap vs Hat Marcus O’Dean’s advice on what not to take bushwalking (Trial and error, GRW, Feb-March 2019) is spot on, except with his first item – the baseball cap. If the weather is dry, I agree that a broad brimmed hat is compulsory. But if the weather is wet, then the stiff bill or visor at the front of the cap is essential to prevent the hood of your rain jacket or raincoat from falling down in front of your eyes while walking. I’ve seen people trip or slip because their vision is impaired by a floppy hood or they’ve been miserable because the rain has run down the hood onto their face and then underneath their waterproof outer layer, soaking them to the core. Horses for courses: a baseball…

6 Min.
walk & talk

Cotton on The article on different textiles for summer clothing (It’s a material world, GRW Feb-Mar 2019) says that “pure cotton is almost never a suitable material for outdoor gear”. This is misleading and ignores the benefits of a cool cotton shirt. An old cotton shirt is one of the best pieces of gear for summer bushwalking. It’s got a collar, long sleeves for great sun protection and is a loose fit to keep cool. And a cotton shirt is unbeatable on a hot day for dipping it in a cool stream, wringing it out and then wearing it to cool off as the walk continues. Try it and you will love it. Felix Bowman-Derrick Food for thought I started mulit-day hiking just last year and I now have the bug! I like to…

3 Min.
hiking for mental health

WE all experience mental health issues at some point in life and for some of us a major event occurs that leaves us with a diagnosed mental illness. This is what happened to me following a violent incident at work – I developed anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Nature and hiking has always been a panacea for troubles in my life and feeling so unwell mentally I decided to lose myself in the beautiful wilderness of Victoria’s Wilson’s Prom in an attempt to bring some sanity back to my broken mind. Arriving at Telegraph Saddle carpark to start our journey we were greeted with beautiful sunny weather, which was an auspicious start to our adventure. It’s always nice to start a hike downhill as you get used to your heavy…