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WILD 173

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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1 Min.
on the cover

After the rapids of Decension George, the calm, deep waters of Irenabyss offer a discernible break and obvious stop for the night. With campsites on both sides of the river, a trail to the paddlers’ left leads walkers on a steep ascent to the summit of Frenchmans Cap. I later learnt that it was here, 41 years ago on the banks of the Franklin, that the author of Death of a River Guide Richard Flanagan met Bob Brown. Kayaking over, Richard asked whether he thought the river could be saved. Bob replied, “I think that there is hope.”…

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Roland Handel, editor@wild.com.au EDITOR James McCormack PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR Anja Fuechtbauer CONTRIBUTORS Craig Pearce, Catherine Lawson, David Bristow, Tracey Croke, Xavier Anderson, Jason MacQueen, Matt Crompton, Anja Fuechtbauer, Johannes Hendriks, Chris Armstrong, Craig Fardell, Neil Silverwood, Jack McCutchan, Richard Bassett-Smith DESIGN Sam Grimmer, Tamara Romcevic, Miljana Vukovic, Ivana Brkic FOUNDER Chris Baxter OAM ADVERTISING AND SALES Simon Webster m 0431 710 343 @ sales@wildbunyip.com.au PUBLISHER Roland Handel Wild Bunyip Pty Ltd ABN 50 617 545 696 m 0458 296 916 @ roland@wildbunyip.com wild.com.au/newsletter/ @wildmagazine @wild_mag…

3 Min.
the base of the iceberg

This issue of Wild dwells on the Franklin in particular not just because the river—and the land it runs through—is extraordinarily precious, extraordinarily wild, and extraordinarily beautiful, although it is all those things, but because it is also extraordinarily symbolic. We have had other great environmental campaigns in this country that have saved other natural places of critical importance, and some of those campaigns have extended across more years than that of the Franklin. None, however, have come up against forces so powerful. Tasmania, as you will read, was run by the Hydro. And if the prodam forces could bring down a sitting premier, again as you will read, what chance did these (primarily but not universally) young activists have? But win they did. And they did so by bringing…

5 Min.
wild letters

DOPPLEGANGER I found your article on Olegas Truchanas fascinating for a couple of different reasons. As luck would have it, I read the online version a month or so back as I was attracted by the photo of the man himself with his camera. The photo was strangely familiar as I flicked digitally through the issue. So on reading the whole story on Olegas, it to a guy I work with, Nick (a geologist, as it happens) as the photo of Olegas was eeriely similar to him. I said to him, “Nick this guy must be a relation of yours as you look so similar and he seems such a character. Do you know him?” Well, a few days later I got my response from Nick T. It almost floored me. It said, “Thanks…

4 Min.
the universe is expanding

An hour and a half into the walk, it was time for lunch. It wasn’t just any old break: we cracked out the sandwiches, then the swimmers and I launched into the Grose River. For the next hour Marleen and I clambered around on the boulders with our daughters, sunning ourselves until we were hot enough to go back in, each fresh dip accompanied by squeals and those ridiculous arm flaps you do when you’re trying to psyche yourself up for a plunge. We found a rock to jump from that was high enough to test everyone, taking it in turns to bomb to the bottom. Then we put clothes and rucksacks on, and we were off toward the Blue Gum Forest again. Three hours in, and a few kilometres…

3 Min.
carbon neutrality

In the last three years I've discussed ways that conscientious manufacturers can contribute to environmental preservation while continuing to produce gear we love. One final abstract, but no less important, method by which they can do this is in the way they run their factories. Far from the image of giant chimneys pumping out toxic smoke, it’s quite possible for modern factories to be extremely clean and efficient in their production methods. Hopefully most high-profile brands are on the ball when it comes to in-house recycling and improving energy efficiency using techniques like motion sensors, thermostats and lighting timers. However, the key phrase here is carbon neutrality, achieved either by emitting zero carbon or by balancing emissions with carbon removal. Masters in Italy power their factory using their own solar panels, harvesting…