The North Face Vectiv Enduris 3
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by Megan Holbeck
11h ago
THE NORTH FACE VECTIV ENDURIS 3 Cushioned but responsive. (This review originally featured in Wild #190, Summer 2023)  By Megan Holbeck. Shoe reviews are hard: So much is subjective, from how they fit, to cushioning, to the sole. What you like depends on your feet, the type of trails you run, and where you fit on the trade-off of cushioning versus being able to feel the ground. The other hard thing about reviewing shoes is that you soon forget what others feel like: The new ones quickly feel normal, and you can no longer really compare them. So I decided to wear one old and one ne ..read more
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Rab Veil 2L Vest
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by James McCormack
2w ago
GEAR REVIEW RAB VEIL 2L VEST Light and dry. (This review originally featured in Wild #189, Spring 2023)  By James McCormack. Are you a trail runner who is sweaty? Inflexible? Clumsy? One who needs to shave a few grams? If, sadly, you’re like me, you’ll be answering yes to all of the above. And if that’s the case (and frankly, even if it’s not the case), Rab’s Veil 2L vest, as I’ve discovered in the last three months of heavy use, is a vest that deserves your attention. Let’s start with the sweaty bit, because I’ve found the hydrophobic mono mesh that forms the vest’s chassis to be r ..read more
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Nepal Ends a Golden Age of Trekking
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by Catherine Lawson
2w ago
Himalayan guides can be tremendous assets in the hills, but swapping mountain solitude for so-called safety is a dubious trade NEPAL ENDS A GOLDEN AGE OF TREKKING No-one disputes Nepal’s right to regulate its trekking industry, but that doesn’t mean serious concerns can’t be raised about the mindset and methods involved. Words:  Catherine Lawson Photography: David Bristol (This story originally featured in Wild #189, Spring 2023) When Nepal banned independent trekking on April 1st this year, lovers of solitude and snowy, mountain-teahouse treks were left reeling. Introduce ..read more
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Gordonvale Reserve’s Tenth Birthday
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by Jane Rawson
2w ago
GORDONVALE RESERVE 2023 marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of this special reserve by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. Words: Jane Rawson Image: Rob Blakers (This story originally featured in Wild #189, Spring 2023) The walk to Lake Rhona is one of Tasmania’s iconic hikes. Long a trail known only by word-of-mouth, this eight-hour one-way walk to a glorious alpine lake reminiscent of Pedder has recently become more prominent thanks to social media. But while more hikers are setting out to see Rhona’s quartzite shores, not many of them know their track passes through ..read more
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Solo (Wo)man
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by Tracey Hawke
2w ago
SOLO (WO)MAN What are the joys and pitfalls for women venturing out into the bush on their own? Tracey Hawke sets off to find out. Words & Photography: Tracey Hawke (This story originally featured in Wild #189, Spring 2023) My first multiday solo hike happened due to a COVID- 19 related tantrum. The lockdown of a neighbouring area left me without work for a week, and without a playmate, so I made a snap decision to go for a six-day hike in Central Queensland, a place with few people and limited mobile phone coverage. Four hours into my eight-hour drive to the middle of now ..read more
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Great Koala National Park
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by Meg Bauer
1M ago
Logging in Tamban State Forest within the proposed boundary of the national park. Credit: Victoria Jack GREAT KOALA NATIONAL PARK Pilfered as it’s planned: the rush to log a proposed national park in NSW.   Words: Meg Bauer, Wilderness Society (This piece originally appeared in our Green Pages of Wild #190, Summer 2023)   The NSW government promised a park to save koalas from extinction, but won’t stop logging it in the meantime. Every year in NSW, around 14,000ha of native forest — home to an astounding array of globally unique plants and animals — is torn apart by logging. This ..read more
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Suunto Vertical Solar Canyon GPS Watch
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by James McCormack
1M ago
GEAR REVIEW SUUNTO VERTICAL SOLAR CANYON GPS WATCH The best battery life and GPS on offer. (This review originally featured in Wild #190, Summer 2023)  By James McCormack.   I t’s funny how things change. For most of my life, getting outdoors meant I eschewed technology entirely. Wasn’t adventure meant to be an escape from gadgetry? From electronics? From the world out there? Slowly, however, my attitude has evolved, although it took a recent event to comprehend how fully that change has been. I was in the Victorian High Country, when my GPS watch, a high-end Garmin Fenix 7, was ..read more
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Sea To Summit Dry Bag Revamp
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by James McCormack
2M ago
GEAR NEWS SEA TO SUMMIT DRY BAG REVAMP An old favourite made even better. (This gear news originally featured in Wild #190, Summer 2023)  By James McCormack. Sometimes, it’s the seemingly simple products that revolutionise outdoor gear. I believe such is the case with the humble dry bag. It simply seems hard to remember there was a time that they didn’t exist, a time when—in order to keep gear dry—adventurers wrapped everything in multiple garbage bags, or a time before that, before plastic and synthetics were ubiquitous, when keeping gear dry during extended wet weather was well-nigh ..read more
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Great Neglected Walks
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by Mick Ripon
2M ago
GREAT NEGLECTED WALKS Words & Image: Mick Ripon Image caption: School students on one of the many overgrown sections of the Mitchell River Walking Track (This story originally featured in Wild #190, Summer 2023) Australia has many great bushwalks. However, in recent years, it appears some walks are greater than others. Governments of both persuasions appear to have their favourite ‘Great Walks’. These walks, targeting high-yield tourists, seem to attract large, disproportionate amounts of public funding while less-favoured walks have their modest budgets continually squeeze ..read more
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Natural Diversity
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by James McCormack
3M ago
From the editor NATURAL DIVERSITY Words & Image: James McCormack Image caption: For 16 years I lived 150m from the Coke sign at Sydney’s Kings Cross; now I live 100m from this (This story originally featured in Wild #189, Spring 2023) The other day, I was bushbashing off-trail through rainforest near my home. It was lush and green. The smooth, clean trunks of coachwoods punched upwards. Vines looped from the sky. Ferns smothered the ground; the boulders were smeared with moss. The rain, meanwhile, was thumping down, and fat leeches sucked blood from my ankles. And what I was ..read more
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