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,