Sidetracked Magazine - Issue 11
Sidetracked Magazine - Issue 11
The new issue of Sidetracked is just as beautiful and inspiring as the last. Reading it makes me feel both in awe of those people that are out there having such great adventures and itchy to get out and have my own.
Sidetracked - Issue 11
About the Issue:
We human beings are rigged to fear the unknown. It’s a survival mechanism rooted in our genes; the evolutionary legacy of having once been prey. Yet adventure and discovery expose us to the unknown, and woven into the process of overcoming our fear, in how we react and adapt, we see something of the truth of ourselves. And by exposure to what we fear, our tolerance grows – we learn not to be afraid. But that’s not all we learn.
Adventure enriches. Achievements inspire. Discovery educates and enlightens. Adversity strengthens us. The world might seem smaller, more digitally accessible, but its remote regions challenge just as much as they have ever done. The secrets they hold, the treasures they offer, need to be experienced first-hand. We need to touch and feel and see, to smell and taste.
Whether it’s the purity found in freezing the ephemeral relationship between water and light, which Ray Collins seeks each time he jumps in, celebrating the sun rising over the sea; or an arduous and dangerous journey of scientific discovery within the unstable abyss of an active volcano, like the one Aldo Kane takes us on, adventure is rarely easy. The balance between life and death is fragile. How we react is the measure of us.
If in that adversity we discover how far we are willing to go, our senses are heightened too. We are closer to the world around us than ever before. In that struggle with demons we see clearly.
After 4,000km leading three wild horses along the spine of Eastern Australia, after the worst tropical cyclone and flash flooding in 40 years, it was a single, bloodthirsty mosquito that brought down Alienor le Gouvello. But even Ross River Fever was not enough to stop her. Erik Boomer and two other National Geographic Adventurers of the Year ski with kites and tow whitewater kayaks over 1,000km of the Greenland ice sheet to reach the most northern river ever paddled.
Carved into every place we can see its history. Etched into stone, woven into the turns of a river, flickering in the eyes of the people who live there. Mi lobi Sranan, Marco Barneveld says, professing his love for Suriname as he follows the river by piragua through its vast, tangled jungle. Mary McIntyre tells us how three muzungus ski the fractured chaos of dirt-choked ice that tumbles off Africa’s third-highest peak, the receding Margherita Glacier on Uganda’s Mountains of the Moon.
Devoted to adventure, expeditions and exploration Sidetracked has always been rooted in inspirational journeys. We were born from the passion of wanting to tell the stories of those who put themselves out there, setting aside fear and doubt in order to experience the breathtaking, the awe-inspiring and the magical.
Everything about our magazine is intended to present those narratives in the most compelling and visually stunning way possible. Words and images portraying the inspirational truth of the experience. It’s more than a magazine – it’s about being immersed in the journey of those with captivating stories to tell. The Sidetracked Journal is released three times each year and brings together some of the finest stories of exploration and adventure. From extremes of human endurance to both cultural and emotional discovery, we present endeavours from a global group of adventurers, writers and photographers all looking to shatter boundaries.