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Wild WILD 160

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.

Wild Bunyip Pty Ltd
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12 Issues


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day one: dawn of a new adventure

It is with enormous honour, pleasure and, to be honest, some trepidation that I have recently found myself the new publisher of Wild. the honour comes from being involved with a magazine and brand that is synonymous with outdoor adventure in Australia and beyond. A brand that sponsored Australia’s first summit of Everest in 1984, a brand that stood alongside campaigners fighting for the protection of Tasmania’s Franklin River in 1982, and a brand that has profiled and supported some of Australia’s great outdoor adventurers. However, and most importantly, Wild is a brand that has inspired many thousands of readers to get outside, to explore new places and to try new things. We’re truly blessed to have so many great contributors, both writers and photographers, who have and will continue to provide…

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welcome home

I ’m no mountaineer. Nevertheless, having spent just three years in the editor chair for Wild has taught me a surprising amount on the subject. Not only have I read some amazing books and articles on the achievements of others (I feel like I’ve spent a month in Nepal despite having not yet visited), but I’ve also gained a practical appreciation for the sort of tenacity and stoicim required to surmount seemingly insurmountable hurdles. From the second I stepped into this role, I was made aware that Wild faced such an obstacle. In a rapidly fragmenting and highly competitive consumer publishing landscape, this magazine has already weathered grave challenges over the past decade. And while many of those continue to loom taller than ever, at least one peak in particular has been…

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| photo portfolio |

FICKLE ELIZA Location: Southwest National Park - Tasmania Photographer: Sergej Schatz Sony A7 II, ISO100, F4.0, 1/125 Date: 04/14/2017 After four hours hiking, we make it to the summit of Mt Eliza. For 30 minutes, the skies open up and I take this photo. Not 10 minutes later and heavy fog completely envelopes us; we can hardly see 10 metres. We then decide to turn back and leave Mt Anne for another day. VISIBILITY WARNING Location: Southwest National Park - Tasmania Photographer: Sergej Schatz Sony A7 II, ISO100, F5.6, 1/60 Date: 04/14/2017 Exploring Southwest National Park in Tasmania, a friend and I decided to climb Mt Eliza and Mt Anne (2-day return hike). Heading toward Mt Eliza, on the Mt Anne Track, we pass two hikers who are returning back down the mountain having turned back due to bad weather. My friend…

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| readers’ letters |

Jake Candy of NSW writes: This shot was taken on a climb in the Grosse Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW. The climb was on pitch five of ‘Bunny Buckets Butteress’ (18) 275m. A lovely sunny day on the wall with great views and nothing else to focus on but the climbing. Climber: Cameron Bolding. Photographer: Jake Candy. Camera: Olympus Tough digital camera using Dramatic Tone setting Jake 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. SUBMIT A PHOTO OR LETTER TO THE EDITOR For your chance to win a quality piece of outdoor kit, send your photo or letter to contact@wild.com.au…

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C onservation is very important to me. But the great majority of conservation related material tends to come only from one side, such as Bob Brown. It would be interesting to see the conservation conversation (try saying that ten times) occurring from more than one angle. Bob fights vehemently against the Cradle Mountain Huts style development on the South Coast Track, but what evidence is there that the Cradle Mountain Huts experience is more damaging from a conservation view than public walkers on the Overland Track? I’ve always walked unsupported in Tasmania on trips such as the Overland Track or to Frenchman’s Cap (and will continue to do so), but I’m not naive enough to think I’m doing anything better for the environment than the private walkers. While “purists” like…

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preventing preventable rescues

W ith a number of easily preventable rescues occurring in Tasmania recently, I have been thinking a lot about the issue of inexperienced walkers failing to heed warnings, and going into the bush unprepared. I believe the issue is not one of lack of communication, but simply one of people being unwilling to listen. I once (with a bushwalking club) took a woman on her first day walk. I checked before leaving that she had a raincoat and she assured me she did. When the weather inevitably turned, I discovered that she had lied and her only explanation was that she had not thought she would actually need one. In that case she was lucky, as I had spare clothes and was able to give her my own coat. Otherwise,…