Since 1981, Wild Magazine has been the inspiring voice of the Australian outdoors, and a passionate defender of its wild places. With stunning photography and crafted, well-written tales of adventure, conservation, and the outdoor life, Wild tells stories that matter.
Wild #184 is the biggest issue ever in its 41-year history: 164 pages of the best adventure, conservation and wilderness opinion writing that Australia has to offer. We celebrate the arrival of winter adventures with Steve Leeder, Shaun Mittwollen writes on snow hunting in Tasmania, and Nat Walkom on Blue Lake Ice Climbing.
We’ve also got the best trails in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, features about the Top End’s Jatbula Trail, Paul Pritchard, Ryan Hansen and Hanny Alston. There’s plenty to think about with Rob Blaker’s feature on Huon pines in Tasmania’s threatened Tarkine, stories on restoring the Daintree and an extended essay by Catherine Lawson in defense of keeping the wilds open for all.
Issue #180 Story Standfirsts and Synopses
This is planned to be a 132-page bumper issue. Obviously, our 40th birthday is one key theme. Beyond the features and stories listed below, we’ll also be pulling up great content from our archives; old ads, snippets from stories, and some great spreads showing every cover Wild has run in its 40-year history. But there’s a strong winter/seasonal element to the issue as well, with a backcountry skiing feature and winter trekking.
- Wild’s 40th Birthday
- Megan Holbeck looks back on Wild’s 40-year history.
- Photo essay: 40 years of Wild Adventures
- Janette Asche has been a reader of Wild since its very first issue back in 1981. And in the 40 years since, not only has she been adventuring around the planet, she’s been taking gorgeous imagery documenting her trips. In this special photo essay, she shares a few favourite pics with us.
- Backcountry skiing in Tasmania
- Photographer Shaun Mittwollen spent the entire winter season of 2020 chasing epic snow in the wilds of Tasmania, and notched up a string of rare ski descents.
- Track Notes: Mt Zeil
- How to climb the Northern Territory’s highest peak.
- Curse of the Wild Bush Horses
- Acclaimed author John Blay looks at how feral horses are devastating Australia’s high country.
- Life in the Freezer
- Laura Waters is, in her own words, “Crap at the cold. Like truly rubbish at it.” Which is why she heads out with polar explorer Eric Phillips for five days of snowshoeing, skiing, and dragging a sled around Kosciuszko NP in the depths of winter.
- Wilderness therapy for troubled teens
- Long have we taken our worries into the wilderness, but today, a new kind of healing is taking place in Australia’s wild lands as therapists exit their offices, strap on backpacks, and let nature and adventure nurture at-risk teenagers.
- Steeple Chasing
- Lachlan Gardiner and his climbing partner Nick struggle to overcome a series of self-inflicted wounds as they aim to ascend NZ’s Steeple Peak.
- Reader’s Adventure
- The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail runs from the New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt Cook, down past great lakes and rivers, all the way to the ocean. It is, the official website states, suitable for all ages. Wild reader Dana Briggs puts that assertion to the test as she tackles a section of it with her partner and two young toddlers.
- Quentin Chester has in one way or another been involved with more issues of Wild than anyone else in the magazine’s history. Here, he reflects on what Wild means.
- Waterproof/breathable gear for the outdoors relies upon DWR (Durable Water Repellent) for its performance. But that comes at an environmental cost, says Xavier Anderson.
- More than a century ago, Australian Freda Du Faur charted a course for adventurous women everywhere when she scaled Mt Cook. Dan Slater recounts her ground-breaking effort in verse.
- Q + A with Josh Fletcher, spokesperson for the Australian chapter of the climate change activist organisation Protect Our Winters
- Victoria’s Backcountry Festival is back for 2021. We look at this important event’s history, and what it means for the backcountry skiing/snowboarding community.
- Conservation: An innovative project is underway to rehabilitate coral reefs around Queensland’s Green Island.