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Outdoor MagazineOutdoor Magazine

Outdoor Magazine May - June 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.

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Australia
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English
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Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
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power of place

Leadership is sometimes found in unexpected places. With an increasingly peculiar discourse being peddled by politicians, spin doctors and lobbyists working towards ambiguous agendas, it’s difficult to know where to stand. Scientists are being ignored, or even vilified, and confusion is often deliberately sown to question the veracity of their findings. In the last few months, members of the outdoor adventure community have made attempts to raise awareness of global political intransigence in the face of stark warnings uttered repeatedly by people to who democratically elected politicians should be listening. I’ve had a few conversations with industry figures about many such examples – the pleas to protect the Bear Ears National Monument in the United States and the fight to stop the Australian Government handing millions of taxpayer dollars to the Adani group to…

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this month’s expedition crew

SHAUN BUSUTTIL Equally comfortable scaling a mountain as he is finding his way around the Tokyo Metro, Shaun Busuttil is an Australian writer and photographer who’s often away with his passport. Originally from Melbourne, Shaun prefers the café culture in Istanbul and desert sands of Rajasthan over the flat whites in Fitzroy and beaches back home. Drawn to adventure like a backpacker to free Wi-Fi, Shaun has cycled from Paris to Germany, traced the coastline of Malta on foot over three gruelling days, and, most recently, bikepacked his way through the Balkans from Skopje to Dubrovnik. NATALIE CAVALLARO Nat's first adventure was at age 10, when she put a few snacks in a tea-towel tied to a broomstick and hit the road on foot with her siblings. However the food ran out and…

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scarred monolith's fresh start

Half a billion years after forming, Australia’s most recognisable natural feature – Uluru – is about to embark on a new beginning of its own. When climbing “The Rock” is banned from 26 October 2019 – the 34th anniversary of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park handback to its traditional owners, the Anangu – not only will its cultural significance be respected, but its sensitive environmental habitats too. Even from a distance, the weather-beaten slab has been clearly sculpted by millions of years of rain and wind, etching stripes between the almost perfectly vertical sandstone layers. But in the past six decades or so, another phenomenon has shaped the rock. Hundreds of thousands of pairs of shoes have stamped what traditional owner Sammy Wilson called a “scar” in Uluru’s rugged north-west face. Uluru is world…

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australia's first backcountry festival

The inaugural Victorian Backcountry festival is set to kick off, Falls Creek, Saturday September 1 and 2. The festival will coincide with World Telemark Day, a celebration of all things backcountry – tele, splitboarding, cross country, snowshoeing and alpine touring. “Our vision is to host a grass-roots gathering at Falls Creek for backcountry skiers and riders of all abilities,” says festival organiser, Cam Walker. When it comes to winter sports, backcountry skiing is increasingly a prime focus for those with an appetite for true outdoor adventure. With increasing media attention on off piste escapades, and the continuing development of lighter and better alpine touring and splitboard gear, growing numbers of people are leaving the resorts and venturing into wilder terrain. “The most challenging skiing and riding in Australia is outside resorts: from the western…

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bushwalking in tasmania just got even better

The locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut marks the beginning of a new era for the Frenchmans Cap Track, and is the culmination of a 10-year project of improvements to the walking experience, generously co-funded through donations to the Wildcare Gift Fund by Dick and Pip Smith. In a first for a bushwalking hut in Tasmania, the new design uses a micro-hydro system to power the heating and lighting, providing an environmentally-friendly alternative to gas or coal heating. The new hut was designed by Hobart architects Green Designs, who developed the 'green' design to meet the demands and requirements of the remote site, with construction undertaken by Westbury based company, Valley Workshops. The hut accommodates 24 walkers and the additional deck area will ensure better amenities for improving environmental sustainability. The redeveloped…

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derby, tasmania, set to once again be a key leg in the enduro world mtb series.

In what is surely one of Australia’s most progressive and imaginative urban regeneration projects, the Tasmanian town of Derby is set to affirm its burgeoning reputation as one of the world’s key adventure centres. Far removed from usual suspects, such as Whistler in Canada, Queenstown in New Zealand and Lake Tahoe in the US; Derby, until recently, was just another forgotten rural outpost. All this changed in 2014, when Derby’s mountain biking trail park first opened. After several mountain bike enthusiasts suggested to Dorset council, which has jurisdiction over Derby, that it was a perfect place for trails; steps were taken to secure government funding and develop the necessary infrastructure. "Initially, I was pretty sceptical because I didn't know a lot about it," said Dorset council CEO Tim Watson. "I was a road cyclist…

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