Our view

Al­ways some­thing more­nout there!

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Contents -

IT’S A CLICHÉ, but it re­ally is a big world out there – and nowhere is that more ev­i­dent than in the sheer amount of ad­ven­tures and des­ti­na­tions seem­ingly on tap. This is, of course, a great thing for us at AG Out­door, both in terms of never run­ning out of things to write about, but also for the team here on a per­sonal level. Our ad­ven­ture bucket list – no doubt just like yours – never, ever gets smaller; it just con­tin­ues to evolve as you tick off that long-planned-for trek, only to find that there’s an­other one that looks just as much fun or chal­leng­ing.

This huge va­ri­ety of choice is, of course, a bloody good thing. Un­less, that is, you’re try­ing to com­pile a bucket list of mul­ti­day treks to put in a mag­a­zine. In this case, for this is­sue, it was a tough task, but we reckon we’ve nailed a nice bal­ance be­tween the ac­ces­si­ble clas­sics (that have many ways of be­ing ‘done’) and the more as­pi­ra­tional. We lim­ited our­selves to five treks – and yep, we know there are thou­sands more – but we think we have cov­ered pretty much the full spec­trum in terms of a trek for just about any­one, from fam­i­lies through to the hard­core, ex­pe­ri­enced mul­ti­day guru.

Com­pil­ing this bucket list also re­minded us of the afore­men­tioned cliché; if there ever comes a day where there are no new ad­ven­tures avail­able – or no clas­sics to re­visit – then we’ll all be in se­ri­ous trou­ble. Thank­fully, that day is a long way off.

Speak­ing of bucket lists, the other des­ti­na­tions cov­ered in this is­sue eas­ily qual­ify. Antarc­tica is prob­a­bly the ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tion for ad­ven­tur­ous trav­ellers; it’s not cheap, but if there’s ever some­thing worth sav­ing for, then a trip to the great white con­ti­nent has got to be right up there. Oth­ers in this is­sue in­clude cy­cle tour­ing in the Kim­ber­ley, raft­ing a wild Cana­dian river, and travers­ing Aus­tralia’s mighty Simp­son Desert. If these aren’t on your ad­ven­ture bucket list now, I reckon they will be after you read about them. Oh, and don’t for­get to check out the awe­some Kenya DVD at­tached to the cover.Yep, Kenya is an­other def­i­nite bucket list des­ti­na­tion. En­joy!

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