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Exploring Santa Cruz Island

About 30km off the coast of Ventura lies Santa Cruz Island — a remote mecca for adventure. We spent a weekend exploring it. Here’s how you can too.


Mass Recall Of Avalanche-Rescuing Airbags, Thanks To Static Electricity

Avalanches make backcountry skiing one of the most dangerous ways to get your selfies, something that Black Diamond’s Jetforce airbags promised to change cheaply and simply with an innovative design that got rave reviews. But unfortunately, the designers forgot one tiny detail, leading Black Diamond to issue a recall.


I Got To Be A Mountain Hardwear Designer For A Day

Mountain Hardwear designs some of the most technically-advanced outdoors apparel and gear on the planet. I just got to spend a day working alongside their designers. This is what their process is like.


This Sturdy Drone Takes Aerial Shots Of Your Outdoor Conquests

There’s nothing like gazing upon the Rockies or looking out into a sunkissed desert to remind you that nature is beautiful — or that you’re a puny speck of carbon aimlessly drifting through the universe. Now, there’s a Kickstarted drone specially-designed to help capture those landscapes.


This Is The Gear That Took Me To Southeast Asia

What clothes, gadgets, and backpack does a photographer and writer for an adventure travel site rely on when he’s going to Asia and travelling light? This is my pared down adventure-storytelling kit, and how it performed.


I Lost All This Stuff In Vietnam: An Ode To Backups

Last month while riding a $450 motorcycle through Vietnam, I lost my backpack. It contained my camera, computer, and two hard drives containing seven months of RAW photos and videos. This is what I learned from the ordeal.


Did You Know Getting Bit By A Tick Could Paralyse Your Face?

30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year, making it the most common vector-borne disease in America. Both you and your dog are potentially exposed to it outdoors. It can block your heart, cause intense pain and, sometimes, even lead to death. And reported cases are on the rise.


Inside The World's Third Largest Cave

The world’s third largest cave has “rooms” that stand 100m high and span 180m across. It’s so spectacular that it’s playing home to several upcoming blockbusters, including this summer’s Pan, and others the force compels us not to disclose. We hiked through the Vietnamese jungle to explore it.


How To Tie The Only Five Knots You'll Ever Need

There are a million different knots for doing a million different things. But, these five are easy-to-learn, easy-to-tie and accomplish 99 per cent of the jobs you’ll ever need a rope to do. Anyone can make these, here’s how.


I'm Riding A $450 Motorcycle Across Vietnam

Buying a $US450 motorcycle to ride across a communist country devastated by war with your own sounds like a great idea, right? I thought so. Here’s how you can do it too.


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