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Sidetracked Adventure Travel Magazine is an online journal featuring a collection of personal stories of adventure travel, exploration, journeys and expeditions. The concept is simple: to capture the emotion and experience of adventures and expeditions throughout the world… and to inspire.
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Magellanic Moments: A Patagonian Kayak Adventure

Patagonia is a land of contrast: split between pampas desert and temperate rainforest by the Southern Andes. In the western fjords there are few people except for some fishermen, and the maps are poor, with little information to navigate tides.
Post by Will Copestake
Will Copestake is a freelance guide and adventurer. Born in the North of Scotland, Will’s love of the outdoors grew around a childhood spent on the local coast and hills. Since then Will has travelled around the world exploring New Zealand and Iceland on foot and kayaking in Patagonia and Norway. Will is best known for his ‘Machair to Munro’ expedition in his home country of Scotland which involved a 1600km solo kayak around the border before heading inland by bike to climb the 282 Munro mountains through the winter in a journey that lasted 364 days.
Website: www.willcopestakemedia.com 
Facebook: WillCopestakeMedia 
Twitter: @WillCopestake 
Instagram: @WillCopestake
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Belonging To The Wilderness

A solo journey on the West Coast Trail
The 75km route nestles between steep, rainforested cliffs and the Pacific Ocean. This setting marries spectacular beauty, stunningly remote wilderness, and extremely unpredictable weather.
Post by Valerie Luquette, a Vancouver based art coordinator and photographer. In her quest to capture the natural world, she spends all her free time in remote places photographing the adventures and personal projects she undertakes. Focusing on landscape and outdoor photography, her passion comes from her desire to showcase the beauty of the wild and to inspire others to get outside as well.
Website: www.valerieluquette.com
Instagram: @valerieluquette
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The Wild Isles

I zip my sleeping bag up to my neck as the glowing warmth of the bothy fire fades; my legs are tired after the day’s cycling but I can’t sleep. Two shafts of silvery light from a full moon briefly stream in through the back windows before the cloud and rain return. The wind is whistling, searching for any gap in the walls or roof, but without much success. These islands are cruel places when the weather wants them to be.
Ed Shoote is a part time photographer, speaker and writer focusing on bikepacking adventures to remote places. Now based in the Scottish borders after a decade on the road he is still exploring new places close and far away from home.
Website: welovemountains.net
Instagram: @1lovemountains
Facebook: /1lovemountains
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Isolation

This is as far from home as I’ll ever be. I feel disconnected from real life and detached from normality, losing myself in a castaway daydream. But I haven’t really been washed ashore. I chose this challenge and I want to be here. I’m walking the 85km South Coast Track in Tasmania, one of the world’s great wilderness walks, in search of pure, untarnished isolation.
Written by James Forrest // Photography by Steven Pearce
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James Forrest is a former newspaper reporter turned adventure travel writer. He is passionate about hiking, mountains and exploring wild places.
Website: jamesmforrest.com 
Facebook: /jamesmichaelforrest 
Instagram: @jamesmichaelforrest 
Twitter: @jamesmforrest
Steven is an award-winning photographer who specialises in wilderness and adventure photography. He was the creative director for The Tree Projects and is the driving force behind all of the deliverable content. Willing to push the boundaries and embrace the latest technologies, Steve is able to produce content that is unique, beautiful and inspiring. As an avid tree climber and a passionate naturalist, he has spent over 10 years documenting forests, the canopy of trees and the scientists who study them.
Website: thetreeprojects.com 
Facebook: /thetreeprojects

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Between The Bajau And Blood Tests

For three weeks we had been travelling up through Sulawesi, the Spider Isle: one of the largest islands of the Indonesian archipelago, home to sprawling jungles, untamed beaches and enigmatic cultures. The journey to the islands was long and tiring.
Being cut off worried me – I suffer from Type 1 Diabetes and Addison’s disease. The safety blanket of hospitals and healthcare that I was used to at home in the UK felt very far away.
Ted Lamb is a documentary photographer and storyteller who focuses on social & environmental issues.
Website: www.tedlamb.com
Instagram: @tedlambphoto
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Maniflowba

Like many good trips, this one started as a small idea, but over the years it morphed into a trip of fairy-tale status. Coined the Maniflowba trip by the brotherhood of kayakers dreaming of an exploratory mission into Manitoba, this one had the potential to be a complete flop.
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Written by Carmen Kuntz // Photography by David Jackson
Read more from this adventure in Dream – a Single Moment feature in the brand new Sidetracked Volume Nine
For freelance writer Carmen Kuntz, work and play are a blend of whitewater and words. Currently based out of Ottawa, Canada, she lives the semi-nomadic life of a whitewater kayaker and seeks to share stories of self-propelled adventure and recreation conservation.
Website: www.carmenekuntz.pressfolios.com
Instagram: @carmenekuntz
David Jackson is an assignment photographer who will be spending 2017 photographing Canada’s last voyageur as he traverses the North American continent by solo canoe. Follow the story of Mike Ranta and his dog Spitzii as they cross Canada by canoe.
Website: www.davidjacksonphoto.com
Instagram: @davidjackson__
Facebook: /DavidJacksonPhoto

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Path of the Panda

This was the Anzihe Nature Reserve in November, a 101km2 swath of Conservation International and Sichuan Government co-managed mountainous bamboo forest and moss-choked jungle. But, lying on the eastern edge of China’s western Qionglai Mountains, Anzihe is known for much more than leeches. It has one of the densest giant panda populations in China.
Post by Kyle Obermann. Kyle is an environmental and adventure photographer based in Beijing since 2014. He focuses on using his Mandarin and photography to promote conservation and sustainable exploration in China: the other side of the smog. Follow and support Conservation International’s work in China on Facebook.
Website: kyleobermannphotography.com
Instagram: @kyleobermann
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Paddle and Portage in Patagonia

Perched on the gunwale of a fishing boat I watched rain dancing on the water. At my side was Seumas, my best friend, who had flown from Scotland to join me in perhaps the only place on Earth wetter and windier than home. Catching a fleeting glance beneath his hood we shared the same unspoken thought: What are we doing here?
Will Copestake is a freelance guide and adventurer. Born in the North of Scotland, Will’s love of the outdoors grew around a childhood spent on the local coast and hills. Since then Will has travelled around the world exploring New Zealand and Iceland on foot and kayaking in Patagonia and Norway. Will is best known for his ‘Machair to Munro’ expedition in his home country of Scotland which involved a 1600km solo kayak around the border before heading inland by bike to climb the 282 Munro mountains through the winter in a journey lasted 364 days.
Website: www.willcopestakemedia.com 
Facebook: WillCopestakeMedia 
Twitter: @WillCopestake 
Instagram: @WillCopestake
Thanks to the following sponsors for their support:
Hilleberg // Rab // Powertraveller // Dhu Performance Cashmere Kokatat // Werner

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Haida Gwaii - One Man’s West-Coast Wilderness

Dave had craved an escape from his city job, his stifling office and his tailored suit. He used to work for the Canadian Government, managing the use of natural resources – coal, oil, gas – after studying Geology as a young man.
We were the first human contact he’d had in thirty days and I figured hurrying him up, or even communicating with him, might be difficult. We called his name and coaxed him out of the forest, like coaxing a wild animal from his familiar den.
The author Helen Taylor is a writer and photographer who recently graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA in Classical Studies. She has spent the last year working and travelling on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Website: helenviolet.weebly.com
Instagram: @helenviolet.taylor
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Economy of Spirit: Haiti

In a country with little tourism and severely broken infrastructure, resources are not there to be consumed, we quickly found, but to be sourced and constructed.
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Ski Pakistan: Youth Outreach Ski Camp

Pakistan has its own rules and way of life. Our first encounter with the country had already revealed the most important lesson we would learn along the way: time is relative.
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Leopard Tales

I’d get fleeting glimpses just after sunset, or even in darkness, but the whereabouts of the female and her cubs was unknown.
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A Walk in the Celts

Paddleboarding on the West Coast of Scotland.
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The Siren Song of the Britannic

Kea, or Tzia, is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea’s Cyclades archipelago, characterized by hilly countryside and quiet beaches.
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Wet Toes: Iceland Bikepacking

It was 9.30pm and a gravel road snaked towards a distant horizon of mountains and glaciers, burnished gold in the evening sun. Tired but grinning we attached our luggage, swung our legs over the bikes and started pedalling.
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Paddle and Portage In Patagonia

Patagonia is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains as well as the deserts, steppes and grasslands east of this southern portion of the Andes.
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Tour Of Monte Rosa

The Monte Rosa is a mountain massif located in the eastern part of the Pennine Alps. It is located between Switzerland (Valais) and Italy (Piedmont and Aosta Valley). Monte Rosa is the second highest mountain in the Alps and western Europe.
Some things you experience, not because you have to - but because you want to.
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Return to the Arctic

The warmth of the morning sun broke through our damp tents, and our spirits were renewed with the distant sounds of a prop plane echoing against the valley walls.
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The Final Hours: Amateur Rowers Cross the Atlantic

In March this year, five amateur rowers set two world records after becoming the first team to row unsupported from mainland Europe to mainland South America. Oliver Bailey recounts their final day, navigating through Venezuelan waters renowned for drug trafficking and piracy.

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Eclipse

Reuben is standing over a kilometre away from his subjects – riders from the Salomon Freeski team. They in turn are 384,400km away from their backdrop – the moon, which is 149.6 million km away from the sun, and is about to pass directly in front of it.

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Paradise Lost: Papua New Guinea

Anna Frost tells her story of returning, with only fragmented memories, to Papua New Guinea – nearly 3 decades after her family had left – to run and explore the Highlands. Dean Leslie followed her journey.

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The Nomadic Souls Project

A celebrated and internationally acclaimed ethnographic and adventure photographer, Cat has dedicated much of her career to capturing the ancient customs of nomadic tribes around the world.

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Coastal Forests

Foraging and Wild Cooking in Anglesey, North Wales.

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A Topography of Solitude

I saw not a single sign of human presence. Shrouded in solitude, my emotional topography mirrored the valleys and peaks I had traversed in this land of Patagonia.

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That Feeling of Life

Melissa Arnot talks us through her journey to the mountains.

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From Yakutsk to Okhotsk

The first explorers in the vast Siberian wilderness had to endure unbelievable physical stress. If we had known that we would have to expect similar hardship almost 300 years later, we would probably have never set out on this expedition.

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Big Cats and Bus Shelters

Walking India: the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

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A Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Even under load, walking is solace and a conduit to creativity. The mind drifts in the rhythm of steps and laboured breaths, ideas coalesce as they become untethered from the usual patterns of thoughts.
Discover what it's like to go highlining in the central highlands of Tasmania. Video included.
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Česká republika — Россия – Straya
Riggers: Kamil Sustiak / Simon Madden / Alex Bog / Stepan Novikov. First Ascent: Stepan Novikov, 9th of January, 2016

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Whitewater Canoeing: Little Nahanni

The 14-day canoe expedition down the narrow Little Nahanni River was my introduction to whitewater canoeing. The river, located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, runs through both Nahanni and Naats’ich’oh Canadian Park Reserves and has almost constant class III+ whitewater.

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The Great Himalaya Trail

The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) is a proposed route of over 4500 km of existing trails stretching the length of the Greater Himalaya range from Nanga Parbat (Jam-mu & Kashmir, Pakistan) to Namche Barwa (Tibet) thus passing through Kashmir, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. When completed, it will be the longest and highest alpine walking track in the world. As of July 2010, only the Nepal and Bhutan sections have been walked and documented thoroughly. The other countries are still being researched. Winding beneath the world’s highest peaks and visiting some of the most remote communities on earth, it passes through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus and incredible mountainous landscapes. Nepal’s documented GHT has 10 sections comprising a network of upper and lower routes.

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A Journey Through Eastern Bhutan

Merak is a small village in the Trashigang district in Far East Bhutan, inhabited by the Brokpa (which translates to ‘highlander’) people. Eastern Bhutan is very rural by nature and design, but this is one of the only villages in the country not accessible by a road.

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Petri Dish Diving: The Marine Lakes Of Indonesia

A low growl materialized from the primeval mangrove forest that lined the edge of the water. All alone, in the midst of a remote marine lake in Indonesia, knowing that saltwater crocodiles exist in this type of habitat, I attempted to focus on composing my photographs. But I couldn’t help swiveling my eyes along the surface of the motionless water and the shores of the small lake, looking for swimming logs with reptilian eyes and long teeth.

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After the Dog Sled

A pack of dogs kick up the snow with their strides forward. There are only 35 more meters to go, but the hounds’ muscles are clearly strained. With their tongues lolling in the crisp, fresh air, they labor to pull a sled, a driver and its passenger, me, towards the top of the hill. A few more meters of pulling, and then finally, the panting dogs arrive.

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In the Midst of Mozambique’s Killers

Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world, documenting its best scuba diving destinations. I’ve dived with manta rays in Madagascar, cow sharks off Cape Town, and dolphins, humpback whales and their calves in Zanzibar. But when I’m asked about my most memorable underwater experience, there is one moment that stands head and shoulders above any others.

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Hiking Colombia’s Lost City of Teyuna

Swarms of aqua-blue butterflies, foaming waterfalls, hidden swimming lagoons, lime-green parakeets and chirping songbirds high up in the trees – this was what I’d come to find in the verdant Colombian jungle, along the winding trail to the Lost City.

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Kayaks and Islands

The air is very still here, and the outlines of the islands change with every passing flicker of heat. It’s as if the sky is sucking the land upward, all that simmering casting a dreamlike aura over the entire landscape – a thick and beautiful hallucination if ever there was one. I’ve been paddling and hiking the Baja peninsula for eight days now and yet my mind still has trouble grasping the reality of what it must have been like living in this arid – yet paradisal – place eons ago. Traces of human life have been found on these islands going back 11,000 years. With their desert sands, salt water, summer hurricanes and the unbearable heat – with every plant covered in spikes and wildlife so sparse as to be almost invisible in this hostile landscape – it’s a wonder anyone managed to live here at all.

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Volga Summer: A Source To Sea Descent

The Volga River flows across Russia from north to south.
Emerging from the rolling, green hills north of Moscow it meanders south and empties into the Caspian Sea some 2300 miles later. Paddling its entire length revealed to me a country and population so unlike their caricatures as to be positively confounding.

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The Classic Haute Route

"The Haute Route, (or the High Route or Mountaineers' Route) is the name given to a route (with several variations) undertaken on foot or by ski touring between Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland."
The weather is perfect – not a cloud in the sky and little in the way of wind.
From time to time, I steal glances at the panorama surrounding us and, in truth, this is without any doubt one of the most thrilling, inspiring days I have spent in the mountains.
Andrew Mazibrada is an adventure travel and outdoor writer and photographer. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and is Joint Editor for Sidetracked.

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Into Seclusion- Traversing the Lyngen Alps

If you are seeking solitude, divorced from the coddling proximity of our civilized world, then you may find your vision turn towards remote mountains and dramatic landscapes to satisfy that yearning for quietened isolation. This is what happened with Christopher Jones, winner of last year’s Sidetracked grant: The Adventure Fund. Along with three fellow cavers from Wales, Chris set out to traverse the Lyngen Alps in northernmost Norway. Dave Powlesland, Chris Jones, Ian Peachey and Greg Kemp boarded a plane to Tromsø to set off on an adventure. This is their story.
The Lyngen Alps Traverse team were the winners of the 2013 The Adventure Fund grant, in association with Sidetracked Magazine. The Adventure Fund is an annual award set up to aid the process of turning innovative ideas for adventures and expeditions into a reality. The deadline for grant applications is March 1st. For more information please visit: theadventurefund.com

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A Mountain Bike Adventure: Malta

This first episode in a series of Mountain Bike Adventures sees world explorer, adventurer and mountain biker Manu Bustelo head to the islands of Malta and Gozo in the Mediterranean to ride the trails, explore the landscape and experience the culture. The trip is shaped by the people he meets on the islands.

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Climbing The Pika Glacier: Sidetracked Adventure Fund Winners 2014

It’s 12:30pm on a Thursday. A week ago, I was finishing my 8-hour board exam for medical school, and now I’m in the middle of a near-whiteout on a granite wall towering over the Pika Glacier, deep in the Alaska Range. Fog moves in and out, providing glimpses of the glacier in the distance and the rocky peaks a mile away. As Ian tiptoes his way in ski boots up the granite crack above the ledge I’m standing on, cascades of snow rumble down the couloir 50 feet to our right. The fog amplifies the sound so it sounds more like a big wave crashing than snow sliding. Shrouding our views, the fog also creates spatial ambiguity. Where exactly are these slides being released from and where are they going? Are we in the slide path? As if mocking us, another deep rumble of snow starts cascading over the granite wall a few hundred feet to our left. This one rockets over hundreds of feet of overhanging granite, the fresh Alaskan snow slowly dissipating into the foggy air below.

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Climbing in East Greenland

A decade-long desire to visit Greenland and the allure of journeying by boat into virgin territory to attempt unclimbed peaks, two or more days away from civilization, is what inspired us to set our sights on Timmiarmiut, an area of fjords, granite walls, peaks and spires 300km south of Tasiilaq, East Greenland.

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Hot Air Balloon Journey Below Earth’s Surface

Half way through our sunrise shift in the mine, we get a brief moment to take it all in. The sun’s rays are just ready to break the crest of the wall and fill the cavern with bright morning light. The air is still and crisp allowing us to almost hover in place, a thousand feet below the Earth’s surface in a hot air balloon. Balloons were once cutting edge technology, the first craft to take humans into the sky. The principles are still the same, hot air rises and balloons go with the wind. Our only means of control are to ride invisible layers of directional air currents to “steer” to a desired location. Large international competitions challenge the world’s best pilots to precision flying tasks with much made of the winners. But it’s not only prize money and world rankings that pilots chase, adventure flying attracts a small but growing number of pilots to apply their skills in less than hospitable environments.

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The Land That Never Melts

The air temperature hovers around -30F, but, burrowed within two sleeping bags, I stay warm for the moment, thinking through the day ahead and the challenges of the uphill route that faces my team as we move toward the high point of the pass through which we’re traveling. We are halfway into a ten-day pulking expedition through Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada. More than 60 miles of Arctic wilderness stretches ahead and behind us to reach the nearest communities of Qikiqtarjuaq and Pangnirtung.

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Walking the Nile: A Talk With Levison Wood

Many have seen it; most know that a great civilization emerged from its fertile banks; a handful people have even paddled all of it; but Levison Wood plans to be the first person ever to walk the full length of the Nile, from source to sea. On December 1, Lev will begin his 4,250 mile expedition to walk the full length of the Nile river, crossing swathes of the continent in one of the most ambitious and intimate ways possible; encountering modern Africa – its people and its wildlife – face to face and at ground level.

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A Short Walk Through India

I had never heard of the Kaveri River until I decided to walk across India. I could only squeeze a 6-week trip into my calendar so I cast my eye southwards down India’s triangular shape until I reached a latitude I reckoned I could get across in the time available. And that is how I spotted the holiest of southern India’s rivers. This was starting to sound like an adventure: I would walk from the mouth of the Kaveri on the east shore of India to its source in the mountains, and then drop down from there to the sea on the other side.

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