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WHEN A TIMEPIECE is Swiss-made and designed for the US Special Forces, you know it’s going to be capable of taking a great deal of punishment in often unforgivi…

THE ADVENTURER IS spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a GPS/smart watch these days. With a number of brands and models on the market, it is now at the po…

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Outdoor slaps on the new Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro and puts it to the test on an early morning Mt Warning hike. I’ve never been much of a watch guy. I…

THE GPS SPORTSWATCH market is chock-full of different brands’ models, so it takes something pretty impressive to get the attention of jaded gear testers – somet…

Weekend Escapes

On the footstep of the Great Barrier Reef, the Crater Lakes National Park provides a unique weekend escape for those visiting the Cairns region. The main attrac…

WHEN GARMIN RELEASED the fēnix 1, not that long ago, it was received very well by the outdoor/fitness/adventure communities. This was with good reason: the GPS/…

Destinations

IT'S ABOUT 3AM. I'm barefoot, half asleep, walking across the grassy embankment to the amenities block. I catch a glimpse of something on the path and freeze. T…

Guides

THE RECENT DEATHS of two tourists who were kayaking on Lake Tekapo in New Zealand has again tragically highlighted how a bit of fun on the water on a seemingly…

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FOR MILLENNIA HUMANS HAVE looked to the skies to predict what the weather might bring. These days we no longer need to do it for ourselves; information about th…

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IT'S ALL VERY well to be MasterChef-picky about your culinary predilections while sitting cosy in your lounge, four-burner stainless steel stove simmering away…

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Simon Madden's guide to the best beginner and intermediate climbing crags in Australia. SIMON MADDEN Simon Madden is the publisher of Vertical Life, Australia’…

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I STAND ALONE at the foot of the cliff, hefting an axe in each hand. Staring up at the imposing wall of ice I feel something primal stir within me. This is a ba…

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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…

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IT WAS ALL VERY well to spend millions of dollars on Oprah Winfrey spruiking our wide, open spaces, but watch that publicity lose its gloss when actor Sam Worth…

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Chris Ord takes an introductory course with one of the world's leading survival experts, West Australian Bob Cooper. WHAT KIND OF NAME is Bear* anyway? Sounds t…