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Say Yes To Adventure - - Diamonds Adventures Are Forever - Hol­lie Woodhouse Founder+Ed­i­tor+Cre­ative hol­lie@syta­m­ www.hol­liewood­ The Ad­ven­tur­ous Kiwi @hol­liewood­house

IS THERE SUCH a thing as a failed ad­ven­ture? Sure, you might not end up with the out­come you planned, but isn't that what drives us to go on one in the first place? The un­known and un­ex­pected ex­pe­ri­ences that turn a mis­sion into one you won't for­get, that's what it all about! This hap­pened to me re­cently as I searched for a Har­vard MK II air­craft on Bluff Sta­tion, and while we didn't man­age to find it, it had me pon­der­ing this very ques­tion. Head to page 90 for more on this story.

To be hon­est, it's not of­ten I don't ac­com­plish what I ini­tially set out to do. I've com­pleted enough events and races to know that my com­pet­i­tive side and stub­born at­ti­tude will al­most guar­an­tee I'll get to the end; I'll ad­mit some­times it's not the pret­ti­est, nor the most en­joy­able, but I'll get there. Pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence and a good level of fit­ness en­sure I'm in a pretty good place when I take on a new chal­lenge, which is a good thing, be­cause when I'm 200-odd kilo­me­tres deep some­where in Peru's Ama­zon Jun­gle, I'm go­ing to need all the men­tal tough­ness I can get! On June 5th this year, 15 of us will be run­ning the Be­yond the Ul­ti­mate six-day ul­tra marathon un­der the Run­ning for Rangers um­brella, while we con­tinue to raise money and aware­ness for rangers' wel­fare across the pri­vate wildlife con­ser­van­cies in Kenya. We've man­aged to find ten more crazy hu­mans to join us, along with the five who ran the Marathon des Sables last year, so if noth­ing else, it's go­ing to be an ad­ven­ture. All sup­port is hugely ap­pre­ci­ated, and if you would like to do­nate then please visit our web­site­ning­for­

The ad­ven­tures that ap­pear in my in­box con­tin­u­ally amaze me, and I have no doubt you will agree with me too. In this vol­ume Sam Smoothy shares his in­cred­i­ble story of re­trac­ing his fa­ther's foot­steps as he hits the moun­tains and ex­pe­ri­ences the cul­ture of Bo­livia, while Tommy Parker heads off the beaten track, up and over the South­ern Alps of New Zealand, ac­com­pa­nied by lla­mas to help share the load. These are just two of the epic con­tri­bu­tions that fill these pages. En­joy the in­spi­ra­tion.

I love hear­ing your thoughts, ideas and gen­eral com­ments about Say Yes to Ad­ven­ture. Please keep them com­ing!

Happy ad­ven­tur­ing,

Im­age: Bill Ir­win

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