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Luke Welch's top ten places around Queenstown that can only be accessed with your own two feet - ranging from a simple afternoon stroll to a couple of multi-day adventures up in the remote hills.
It's not your average duffel bag. Made from a durable laminate material, the Base Camp Duffel is a bomber of a bag. Amply resilient to be roughed around in-flight, or to be transported up a mountain via a yak, this is one burly duffel bag.
In a burgeoning industrial hub of Sydney, change is afoot. People are freeing themselves from ropes and belay duties, and revelling in the free-fall from four metre heights to the padded cushions circumferencing the room. They are taking delight in a light-flooded room, with quality caffeine, and a genial, social atmosphere. They are free, they are bouldering - and they are all at 9 degrees.
In 1966, a driven young climber tired of scavenging for quality gear from mail order and army surplus, took a few thousand dollars and created a global cultural institution. Doug Tomkins had a simple mission: equip people with practical gear to fit their needs and reduce over-equipping. Since our Ruthsack revolutionized the backpack in 1969, our founder’s words and athlete feedback have kept us on the leading edge of outdoor apparel design. Check out the innovations that have been developed over the years.
Take the time this summer to pack adventure into your days. What better way to explore new terrain than with your own two feet, and everything you need on your back. Find your trail, pack your essentials and make an escape to find the wonder in your local parks and trails. We've got a list of trails to hit for day-hikes or multi-day missions so you'll never be short of ideas this summer. Hear from team explorer James Castrission about his packing essentials for a day or a mutli-day mission on the trails. Tie those laces on your hiking shoes, and find the peace and invigoration that comes with putting one foot in front of the other.
Patagonia is known for its needle-sharp mountains and breathtaking landscapes. Using kayaks and skis, this year’s Adventure Grant winners plan to explore some of the region’s most remote areas while participating in climate research and bringing awareness to the need for global climate action.
On expedition, you really get to know your tent. The place you retreat to at night, in poor weather, for rest, for shelter, for recovery. Steve Skelton took The North Face Assault 2 tent to Peru with expedition partner, Ben Dare, to tackle some gutsy objectives in the Cordillera Blanca mountains.