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EDITOR James McCormack PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR Tara Tyrrell PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Anja Fuechtbauer DESIGN Sam Grimmer, Jess Van De Vlierd, James McCormack CONTRIBUTORS Craig Pearce, Lachlan Gardiner, Megan Holbeck, Flint Duxfield, Neil Silverwood, Gra
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Rocking The Pilbara
The shivering did not encourage lingering. Here I was in a rock chamber polished by eons of wet weather scouring, a chamber of such beauty I could have sat and stared at its details for hours, stared at the variety of 3D patterns created by fine stra
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since 1981 Wild is no ordinary magazine. Since its establishment in 1981, Wild has been the inspiring voice of the Australian outdoors. It is a magazine of self-reliance and challenge and sometimes doing it tough. While it is not necessarily hard-cor
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Wake Up
I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, or simply to be angry. I’d just sent out an e-message to the Wild community; in it, I’d asked readers to spare a thought for our fire-ravaged communities, and to urge our leaders to act on climate change. Soon aft
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Where The Hell Is Cameron?
Dictionaries define “epic” in multiple ways. It could refer to a long narrative poem about a legendary hero. It could refer to something being of impressive size or scope. It could be slang, as in “Duuude, that was epic!” But in the outdoors sense, a
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Wild Shot
Sometimes the best experiences in the wild are unplanned. We flew to Tasmania specifically to climb an alpine route—the Mount Geryon Traverse. After four days of rain, which then turned into snow, it became clear that the conditions weren’t right to
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Wild Letters
[Letter of the Issue] Hi Wild, Just got your mag today and thought I’d share this with you… My father was a pigeon fancier, racing his pigeons through a club in Malvern, Victoria. My fondest memory of him would be back in the early 70’s as a child, g
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Canyoning In Wanaka
With high rainfall, steep, mountainous terrain and one third of the country protected as public conservation land, New Zealand contains world class canyoning in some pristine areas. While there are canyoning trips dotted throughout the country, the h
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One Last Time
For anyone observing from outside our canoe, the scene looks straight out of an old cartoon, albeit one of impending doom. My feet are hooked in under the lip of the canoe, my body is stretched out and my arms, fully extended, reach toward a nearby s
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INDIA LEH & LADAKH
In India’s north, high and deep in the Himalayas, sits one of the most enigmatic, remote and beautiful cities on the planet: Leh. The largest city in the region of Ladakh—an area of jagged peaks, spectacular aridity, and moonscape vistas—Leh is a pla
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Gallery
SAM GRIMMER, DERBY, TAS by James McCormack Canon 5D Mk III, EF 16-35mm f2.8L, f4, 1/200, ISO 1600 RYAN SKLENICA ON GROOVY (28), THE GRAMPIANS, VIC by Matt Ray Canon 5D Mk III, 24mm, f6.3, 1/200, ISO 200 MAEWO NAONE WATERFALL, VANUATU by Ben Savage So
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The Bluff to Mt Cobbler
There are great walks in valleys, through forests and along the coast. But nothing beats breathing in clear mountain air while hiking up and over wild peaks with unimpeded views—especially when there isn’t too much strenuous climbing involved. The te
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The Wentworth Hills
Bob.Brown.Foundation bobbrownfndn www.bobbrown.org.au The Wentworth Hills, outliers of Tasmania’s Central Highlands, are as familiar to bushwalkers as black swans were to Tchaikovski or humility is to Donald Trump. Lake Knight is perched 1,100m up in
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Mountain Film
Directed by: Jess Colquhoun 6 minutes Spain “I didn’t think I had a future,” Will Robinson says of coming home from Iraq with PTSD and injuries. For 12 years, he endured the dead ends of medication-and-alcohol abuse and ineffective therapy. Then insp
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Ghosts, Snow And Mountain Ash
@meganholbeck www.meganholbeck.com The word 'bleak' seems made to describe Scotland in winter, when the wind sneaks in every crack, and dark clouds skim the ground. Add in being young, homesick, friendless, and living and working in a remote pub wher
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The Loneliest Man On Earth
Dr Geoff Wilson, a Gold Coast vet surgeon, made polar history in January this year by completing the longest solo and unsupported journey in a polar region. He kite-skied 5,306km with two sleds, weighing a combined 200kg, harnessed to his waist. In 5
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The Dao of Tea
Under a sky inky and potent with rain, the tea gardens shone a luminescent green. Shaved to a smooth uniformity they gave these volcanic hills of southwestern Uganda a surreal and tamed look. The irony that I hadn’t had a decent cup of tea since leav
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Watercell Bladders
You don’t need to have been adventuring in Oz too long to know that one of the logistical problems you’ll commonly face is that of water. Long day trips, and even car-based camping trips can be problematic enough, but once you begin spending one or t
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Modern Ultralight Fabrics
If you’ve been following the evolution of ultralight tent and backpack fabrics over the last decade, you’ll know the names Cuben Fiber or Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF). Along with other materials like Tyvek, sil/sil nylons and polyesters, and ultra-
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Futurelight Footwear
Late last year, The North Face debuted Futurelight, a waterproof, highly-breathable membrane designed to improve on Gore-tex. Using the process of nanospinning—which we discussed in the last issue of Wild—Futurelight seems to be, when you look at it
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Great Forests National Park
When we sat around that table, we didn’t think about starting a revolution. We thought about saving animals from extinction. We thought about recovering our local economies after fires. We thought about how we could protect what forest remained again
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Ducan Spine
Two years ago, Mammut introduced its Trion Spine pack. The pack garnered rave reviews—even from tech-sceptics—most notably for its proprietary, patented suspension system which Mammut called ‘Active Spine Technology’. It’s often hard to tell whether
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Q+A with Robert Kooyman
WILD: You discovered the Nightcap oak. Can you tell us a little about how that came about? And how did it evade ‘discovery’ for so long? RK: In 1988 I picked some leaves from a small sapling that looked like Macadamia in an area where Macadamia is de
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Futurelight Freethinker Shells
OK, it’s not often a gear review starts with a language lesson, but then again, this is no ordinary gear. So let’s get to it; today’s lesson is about synecdoche (si-nek-duh-kee), the grammatical term when single words represent a greater whole. A syn
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The Battle for the Southeast Forests
Late last year, as dusk fell, on a quiet Victorian mountain road high on the Errinundra Plateau, a road on which I had not seen another vehicle for hours, I pulled my car up in front of a stand of trees. The trees were straight and tall, and perhaps,
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Exos 58
I’ve got a confession to make: the packs I take out bush are heavy. Really heavy. It’s not that I carry extraneous gear; it’s that, as a professional adventure photographer, I lug around multiple camera bodies, four-plus lenses, a tripod, radios, bat
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Charred Country
“It’s Australia,” you’ll hear people say. “There have always been bushfires.” And they’re right. Fire is hard-wired into our nation’s ecological and cultural land-scapes. It’s been a tool used by Aboriginal people for millennia, and a threat feared s
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Escape Cup & Bowl
Let me begin with a confession. I haven’t carried a cup and bowl on a hiking trip for as a long as I can remember. I drink directly from my Nalgene bottle (I don’t drink coffee, so no need for a mug) and my trusty—beat up as hell—aluminium Trangia co
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Ama Dablam
The clouds slowly parted to reveal an impossibly steep tower of rock, snow and ice, a tower that would become the centre of my universe for the next few short weeks—Ama Dablam. In a landscape filled with the world’s tallest peaks, the 6,812m monster
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Sleeping Mats
You’ve just woken up from a bitterly cold and uncomfortable night’s sleep. It felt like every stone and stick had been strategically placed to jab you in the ribs just as you were finally managing to drift off. That darn sleeping bag didn’t seem to m
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