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With win­ter just around the cor­ner, there’s a heap of sexy new prod­uct out there for you to splash your cash on. We’ve sifted through the pile to save you the trou­ble and next time we’ll present our picks, from slope-tas­tic snow gear to moun­tain-ready trekking duds and trail-hun­gry shoes and bikes. Talk­ing of win­ter, we’ll also re­trace a fa­mous jour­ney to the west of Nepal in search of the fa­bled snow leop­ard. Back in 1973, Peter Matthiessen and George Schaller spent two months in the moun­tains of Dolpo. Matthiessen’s re­sult­ing book, The Snow Leop­ard, muses on the

ma­te­rial and spir­i­tual di­men­sions of the jour­ney and An­drea Oschetti sets out to dis­cover much of the same ter­ri­tory for him­self. Then, we move from an old-school hero of ex­plo­ration to a mod­ern-day ad­ven­turer in Bene­dict Allen (shown be­low). Fa­mous for his ‘to­tal im­mer­sion’ style of dis­cov­ery, Allen has lived among indige­nous peo­ples all over the planet, in­spir­ing a school of TV doc­u­men­tary that con­tin­ues to­day. We talk to him about the ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple he has met and how they, and travel, have changed him.

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