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Travel & Outdoor
Wild

Wild

September - November 2020

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Adventure Entertainment
Frequency:
Quarterly
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4 min.
wild letters

Letter of the Issue OPTIMISM Hi James, My partner is a long time subscriber to Wild Magazine which I have skimmed through, mostly looking at the photos. Since you have taken over as editor, I have noticed a distinct change in the magazine’s philosophy, encompassing a social, philosophical and political outlook. It no longer is about a narrow perspective but challenges the whole raison d’etre of outdoor activities. The latest edition just blew me away—from your editorial which raised the issue of women, Bob Brown’s contribution on forests and logging, Tim’s suggestion about a one way trail in Nepal, the outdoors and mental health, and so on. I finished (almost) reading the magazine and was left with a feeling of optimism about the future, something I had almost completely lost. All my life I have been fighting…

1 min.
on the cover

“Harwoods Hole has often been photographed from the base looking up with cavers descending through the mist that often hangs in the shaft. This was the first time cavers descending Harwoods have been photographed from above, inside the shaft. To get the image, two ropes were put in place and we descended together, stopping to grab frames on the way. Two others descended before us, to shine their lights upwards and provide a sense of scale. Part way down, a helicopter flew low over the shaft. Confusing the noise with that of a rockfall, the cavers below ran for cover and Bee Fradis (pictured) and I tried to make our selves as small as possible! Ironically, later in the trip we were very nearly killed by rockfall. A cascade of fridge-sized…

5 min.
the neck story

Perhaps it’s time now that I’ve been editor here at Wild for nearly two years to talk about how it came to be. You see, the thing is, I used to have an awesome life. A really awesome life. As a fulltime professional adventure photographer and writer, I travelled the world, living a life of dreams. I got paid to mountain bike in Bhutan. Paid to ski for a week with the US ski team in NZ. Paid to trek in PNG, going into places where the kids had never seen white men. Paid to ice climb in Colorado, cycle in Japan, hike in Canada, climb in Italy and Slovenia, etc, etc, etcetera. And there were multiple paid adventure gigs in every single Australian state and territory except the ACT…

3 min.
'green tape'

Bob.Brown.Foundation bobbrownfndn www.bobbrown.org.au The 1999 Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act has failed. It replaced legislation requiring developers to present the minister with ‘prudent and feasible’ alternatives to their projects—for example, assessing the energy efficiency and renewable energy options when proposing a coal mine or gas fracking operation. The EPBC removed that hurdle. Nevertheless, the Minister for (sic) the Environment, Sussan Ley, under the thumb of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is now rushing legislation to extract the few teeth the EPBC has. She aims to get rid of ‘green tape’ so that miners, gas frackers, loggers, industrial fish farmers, national park resort developers and the bevy of other environmental leaners can get approvals quicker. Ms Ley set up a review of the EPBC Act, and appointed former corporate regulator Graeme Samuel to head it.…

4 min.
recognising indigenous heritage

@meganholbeck www.meganholbeck.com Lockdown led to a need to get out, daily if possible, for adventure, exercise and to keep sane(ish). We rambled around, exploring local intersections of history and nature, expanding our home schooling with visits to Manly Dam and the hippy huts perched precariously on the cliffs looking out to the heads of Sydney Harbour. We surveyed the North Head Quarantine Station by land and sea, its purpose suddenly more real. These excursions gave me a new appreciation of how much has changed, and how quickly. They also made me realise how easy it is to take the natural world for granted, accept its existence without thinking too hard, assuming it will remain the same. Maybe it’s something to do with our short attention span contrasting with the slower pace of natural…

3 min.
don't hit the snooze button

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t highly rate experiencing the magnificence of dawn unfolding over a distant horizon, especially from a high vantage point like a remote mountain top. But I’ve yet to find anyone who can honestly attest to loving the act of leaving the warmth of their sleeping bag and—as is often necessary to catch a mountain-top sunrise—to stumble bleary eyed into the freezing darkness of the night. Despite the best intentions of the evening before, most of us can think of times when we’ve all too easily found an excuse like the weather, or some minor ailment, to kill the alarm, roll over and go back to sleep. But it only takes having the inspiration of one magnificent sunrise locked into our memory to act as a powerful…