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The best time for get­ting out there!

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Contents -

IRECKON AU­TUMN is my favourite sea­son of the year in which to get out­side and ex­plore our great coun­try.The heavy heat of sum­mer has – usu­ally – dis­si­pated by end of March and be­ing out all day doesn’t mean you’re go­ing to get burnt to a crisp,so you can just fo­cus on hav­ing an awe­some time.

Usu­ally for me this time of year means plan­ning of more ad­ven­tures through win­ter and spring, but this year I have de­cided to just sit back and take what comes in terms of ad­ven­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties. Life is very struc­tured these days, and has to be to an ex­tent (es­pe­cially with two kids un­der six!) when you think of fam­ily and work com­mit­ments, but it doesn’t mean you can­not dream of that next es­cape into the wild, free out­doors.

It is the ideal of es­cape into the wild that per­vades this is­sue of AG Out­door. From tack­ling the Great North Walk in NSW, one of Aus­tralia’s great­est – and most un­sung – mul­ti­day walks, and learn­ing how to free dive, through to ex­plor­ing the ad­ven­ture-rich coun­try of Switzer­land, trekking in a snow-cov­ered Yukon Ter­ri­tory, and tack­ling six bril­liant ad­ven­tures in our own North­ernTer­ri­tory,there’s some­thing in this is­sue for ev­ery­one.

In this is­sue you will also find prob­a­bly one of the most amaz­ing sto­ries we’ve ever pub­lished in

AG Out­door: Mar­cus Koehne’s jour­ney through Iraqi Kur­dis­tan, start­ing on page 40. I will let you read about this in­cred­i­ble ad­ven­ture your­self, but Mar­cus’s ex­pe­ri­ence in this part of the world proves once again that, even when there is great up­heaval, a shared goal of ad­ven­ture can bind peo­ple closer to­gether than you would think.


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