Paddle Pulse: 7 top tips for efficient paddling technique
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by Justin Walker
3w ago
As we’ve said in previous Paddle Pulse instalments, there’s nothing quite like kayaking to get you outdoors, exercising and up close and personal with nature and wildlife. But before you dip your paddle for the first time, familiarity with some basic concepts and techniques can help you save energy, prevent injury, and ensure your time on the water is memorable for the right reasons. For seasoned kayakers, the ins-and-outs of paddling technique can become quite a science, but for those new to the sport, these essentials will be plenty to get you started.  1. Paddle orientation Yes, your p ..read more
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Into the deep: The ultimate guide to freediving
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by Justin Walker
1M ago
For some, the idea of submersing themselves below the surface of the ocean for minutes on end, on just one breath, is enough to scare them out of the water altogether. But for others, it is an act that’s a peaceful and joyous meditation on life itself. Welcome to the world of freediving.  Such is the latter for Dylan Boag and Lara Hindmarsh. This dynamic duo run Woebegone Freedive in Jervis Bay, on the New South Wales Shoalhaven Coast (read about our big Shoalhaven adventure here). Both are dedicated to sharing their passion for the underwater world there – an ocean of dolphins and fur se ..read more
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Wheels of power: All you need to know about e-mountain bikes
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by Justin Walker
1M ago
The reason for the e-xplosion is clear: E-mountain biking (eMTB) is incredible fun. These bikes completely redefine the horizons of what you can do on a mountain bike and who can do it. An eMTB lets you ride further, explore more, fit more trails into the same ride time, spend more time descending not climbing, and take on terrain that would be near impossible on a conventional bike. Importantly, by lowering the fitness barriers to entry, these bikes open the sport to people who otherwise would not have considered mountain biking.  But is it mountain biking? The presence of e-bikes on the ..read more
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Find your way: Outdoor navigation with a map and compass
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by Justin Walker
1M ago
Little magnetic needles have been pointing the way for explorers and adventurers for centuries. Despite the constant advance of technology, and many premature predictions about the demise of the classic compass, this brilliantly simple instrument, which harnesses one of the universe’s fundamental forces to ensure accurate navigation, is still the weapon of choice for outdoors people who want to know where they’re going. Oriental orienteering and Bjorn again genius The Chinese invented the technology that underpins the magnetic compass as long ago as 200 BC, although back then it was used as a ..read more
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Paddle Pulse: Sea kayaking and wildlife encounters
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by Justin Walker
2M ago
It’s hard to describe the mood or sensation that comes over a group of kayakers when we experience a wildlife encounter on one of our expeditions. While putting ourselves on the water and kayaking in these wild places obviously increases our chances of these encounters, they are still by nature unpredictable, and that serendipity never fails to delight – even for me after decades of paddling all over the world. There are usually a few whoops or gasps in the group, before the moment takes over and a quiet awe descends as we become spectators and guests in this beautiful, wild moment. It might b ..read more
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Get the drift: The ultimate guide to canoeing
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by Justin Walker
3M ago
Canoeing has been around for thousands of years and, other than the materials they’re made from, modern boats are not all that dissimilar in design to the vessels originally used by indigenous populations the world over. These days, a traditional canoe is called a C-boat, or a Canadian, and it has an open-top design, unlike a K-boat (a kayak) which has a covered top. Most canoes are around five metres (17 feet) in length and are paddled by one or two canoeists, each with a single-blade paddle. There are various canoe designs and boats are made from a wide range of materials. The style of canoe ..read more
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Gimme shelter: A guide to the family tent
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by Justin Walker
4M ago
The humble tent is still the most popular accommodation choice for road-tripping families, offering plenty of shelter bang for your bucks, whether for a weekend escape or that epic around-Oz adventure. The wide variety – large and tough canvas tourers; multi-room family palaces – adds credence to that cliché of the buyer being spoiled for (nearly too much) choice. Nothing beats getting away for a few nights (or preferably longer) camping with the family. It is a brilliant way to relax – made even more so when you know your accommodation setup for those nights away is reliable and well-proved ..read more
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Deep dive: A guide to snorkelling
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by Justin Walker
4M ago
There’s something about the ease and grace of snorkelling that makes it one of the absolute best outdoor activities. A tiny bit of practice, a minimal amount of gear, and you can immerse yourself in another world. Yes, I can scuba dive, but snorkelling just generally seems so much more fun than the ritual of strapping on weights, tanks and diving apparatus. The light gear is easily thrown in a daypack, and it’s an easy activity to do with family and friends. You’re not restricted by time like you are in diving and, let’s face it, on many dives the best colours, corals and sea life are in the f ..read more
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Guide to trail running
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by AG Staff
4M ago
YOU KNOW AN adventure sport is booming when it makes the New York Times. This year, the newspaper featured first the king – Spaniard Kilian Jornet – and then the queen – Brit Lizzy Hawker – of trail running. The articles lauded the pair for their superhuman efforts, such as Kilian’s seven hour, 14 min ascent/descent of Mt Kilimanjaro and Lizzy’s recent 319km run from Mount Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu in Nepal. In Australia, ultra events (anything longer than a marathon) – such as the North Face 100 (NSW), the Cradle Mountain Run (Tasmania), the Tarawera (NZ) and the Routeburn Classic (NZ ..read more
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Boots ‘n’ all: A guide to hiking
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by Justin Walker
5M ago
Hiking will take you all over the world and it is the most immersive way in which to truly experience a destination, whether that is your nearby national park, another state or country. The slow pace of hiking means you get to really soak up your surrounds and enjoy the enrichment that being a part of a different landscape and culture provides. Overnight (and longer) hikes don’t have to be too extreme, or too easy; it will all come down to what you’re most comfortable doing, which will depend on your fitness level, knowledge of essential skills, the right gear and some expert advice. Speaking ..read more
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