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Say Yes To Adventure - - Features - Im­age: marathon-pho­tos.com Hol­lie Wood­house Founder+Edi­tor+Cre­ative

WE ALL KNOW the say­ing 'a pic­ture tells a thou­sand words', and I'm sure this im­age above more than sums up my re­cent Kath­mandu Coast to Coast ex­pe­ri­ence. A mul­ti­sport race from one side of New Zealand to the other, I knew as long as I reached the end of the kayak, I would be able to com­plete the race. And at this mo­ment, I was me­tres from the shore, with only the last bike stage left be­tween me and the fin­ish line at New Brighton Beach. Known as one of the most iconic mul­ti­sport races in the world, you can read more about my ex­pe­ri­ence of the Long­est Day on page 24.

This vol­ume also marks two years in print, a mile­stone worth cel­e­brat­ing. As with any new busi­ness, it comes with the high­est of highs and the low­est of lows, a lot of hard graft but more im­por­tantly, the gen­eros­ity and sup­port of so many. We've come a long way from Vol­ume One - a pub­li­ca­tion that was orig­i­nally de­signed as a one-off, and I can hon­estly say each vol­ume that goes out just gets bet­ter and bet­ter. The con­tri­bu­tions in this vol­ume are no dif­fer­ent; the in­spi­ra­tion, the chal­lenges and the suc­cesses are ev­i­dent in ev­ery story, im­age and illustration. We can't do it with­out you and wel­come all your feed­back, not just the good but also how we can make sure we are the best and con­tin­u­ally live up to ex­pec­ta­tions. Just as we were go­ing to print with the last vol­ume, a 7.8 earth­quake struck cen­tral New Zealand, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to both in­fra­struc­ture and the land­scape. In this vol­ume, we fea­ture two ar­ti­cles re­lated to the events im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing this once-in-a-life­time oc­cur­rence. Raft guide Genevieve King shares her ex­pe­ri­ence while tak­ing clients on a trip of a life­time down the Clarence River. Ex­cit­ing at the best of times – add a 7.8 earth­quake to the mix, and you've got one heck of an ad­ven­ture. We also fea­ture Romilly Spiers, an Aus­tralian who was about to head to the UK for her O.E. Want­ing to spend a few weeks in her own back­yard be­fore she left, she spent an en­ter­tain­ing two weeks on a solo mis­sion cy­cling down Aus­tralia's Great Ocean Road. While it ended up be­ing a chal­leng­ing mis­sion, she learnt plenty along the way.

And there's noth­ing quite like a spur-of-the-mo­ment de­ci­sion. With the con­di­tions just per­fect for tak­ing pho­tographs of cos­mic star trails in Snow­do­nia's Na­tional Park, Sam Gore headed out late one night to cap­ture the magic. His images are magic, make sure you take a look on page 20.

En­joy the ad­ven­tures,

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