A Brief Scottish Escape - Day 2. 24hrs in the wilderness with @caldamac & @keeneurope for foraging, hiking and plenty of wild swimming. Watch the stories unfold now and check out the teaser videos on Facebook (new one online at 3pm today ) Photos by @johny cook // Filmed by @sfm_films
'In my childhood I believed that the hero always wins; that his adventure would always end with victory, but every adult has learned the stark lesson that Disney isn’t reality. Life throws curve balls and we are all sure to strike out every so often. Some folks are crushed by defeat more often than others, but what makes a hero is that he endures. Through our trials, however big or small, we are making discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.' - Matt Cairns ( @americanhitchhiker ) . In the story ’No Road to Churchill’ from Sidetracked Volume Three, Matt Cairns and Jocelyn McLean paddled over 990 miles from Winnipeg to the arctic town of Churchill, where no roads will reach. The journey lasted 64 days. . You can read the story online (link in bio ). If you like stories like this, then we’re pretty sure you’ll love our magazine. Just saying... ; )
'While I evolve into acceptance, I strive to find joy and purpose. My life was brimming with it before. Before I was paralysed. Now, my brain is also paralysed at times, stuck on the spinning narratives of the past. Wishing I could run across crisp mountain summits and red desert trails.' . Quinn Brett reflects on her climbing fall two years ago in Yosemite National Park, and likens her recovery, as it ebbs and flows, to the cyclical nature of the wild places she still chooses to immerse herself in. . Words and photography by Quinn Brett // @quinndalina . HEALING: Read the story in Sidetracked Volume 15 – Now Shipping
‘Kayaking is all about freedom. Freedom of mind, freedom of movement and freedom of spirit. But the rivers of the world – that we are lucky to call our playgrounds – are no longer free. It’s harder and harder to find wild rivers that haven’t been dammed, diverted or damaged by us humans. I started Balkan Rivers Tour because I wanted to do something; to take action. If kayakers team up with villagers, scientists and environmentalists, we can defend our rivers – and have fun while we do it.’ Rok Rozman⠀ .⠀ Adventure meets activism in the form of Balkan River Defence (BRD ), a kayaker-founded river conservation movement fighting to protect the last wild rivers left in Europe.⠀ .⠀ For more info, visit www.balkanriverdefence.org // @balkanriverdefence ⠀ Filmmakers Matic Oblak, Rozle Bregar, Miha Avgustin // @maticek @rozlebregar @mihaavgustin ⠀ Photographers Katja Jemec and Jan Pirnat // @katjajemec @janpirnat ⠀ .⠀ Read story via link in bio.
From the Archives: Wishing a Starry Night in Turkmenistan⠀ .⠀ 'Travel writing is all about dreaming. It is about imagining you are someone, or somewhere else. You’ve got to allow your mind to wander away from where you are to where you might be, and forget yourself and embrace who you might be. I’m sitting at my desk and typing this as the bright light of the morning sun shines outside. I’m indoors and dreaming out.' .⠀ Geography teacher Fearghal O'Nuallain transports himself to a starry night in Turkmenistan via an evocative piece of wishful travel writing.⠀ .⠀ Fearghal O'Nuallain // @fearghal_o ⠀ .⠀ Read story via link in bio⠀
'Enjoying a bowl of piping-hot fiskboller (fish balls ) in the cockpit, I ask Andreas what fuels his explorative nature. ‘Ocean adventure is always fuelled by a great curiosity. I think it’s critical, even though I am “grown up”, that I am still fuelled by the same curiosity and the thrill of the adventure,’ he says with fervour. ‘Whenever I look at the ocean, I am curious about what hides underneath. Whenever I look at the horizon, I still wonder what’s behind it.’ .⠀ In Gandsfjord, Norway, Hugh Francis Anderson joins Norwegian marine biologist and adventurer Andreas B. Heide on his sailboat Barba, to talk about The Arctic Whale Project: A project bringing together scientists and storytellers to highlight the threat of plastic pollution and human impact on the oceans. ⠀ .⠀ Written by @hughfrancisanderson ⠀ Photo by Andreas Heide The Arctic Whale Project // @barbaboat ⠀ .⠀ Read story via link in bio.
From the Archives: Following Scott⠀ .⠀ 'We skied through about fifteen days in one today: the weather kept changing on us, the wind spinning around and poking us from different directions, roaring at us one moment and then vanishing completely the next, as if the grey clouds blew from mouths that kept clamping closed to tightly pursed lips and then opening up to yawn lazily at us.'⠀ .⠀ Ben Saunders embarked on a two-week training expedition with teammate Tarka in Greenland, in preparation for their 1,795 mile expedition following Scott's footsteps from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. ⠀ .⠀ By Ben Saunders // @polarben ⠀ .⠀ Read story via link in bio. ⠀
From the Archives: Forward Unto Dusk⠀ .⠀ 'At full gallop the world streams past as a blur of stone, sand and sky, stretching away from under my horse into the miles of empty steppe all around us two. The wind whips Kafka’s mane wildly across my stiffened hands – numb from the chill Mongolian air – as I try to keep control of the racing animal, excited senseless by our immanent return to camp. Then suddenly, and with a deepening sense of dread, I watch as my steed stumbles on a rock, throwing me forward and then violently backward, the horse rearing up in reaction to its own blunder.'⠀ .⠀ Jamie Maddison and Matthew Traver ride through the Western Mongolian province of Bayan-Ölgii in preparation for their 1700km horse-riding expedition across the Eurasian steppe. ⠀ .⠀ Written and photographed by Jamie Maddison⠀ .⠀ Read story via link in bio⠀ ⠀ ⠀
NEW on @theadventurepodcast ・・・ ‘Since learning to climb on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire, @hazel_findlay has travelled the world in pursuit of vertiginous challenge. In Episode 019, we spoke to Hazel about the mental side of climbing, life on the road and the key to happiness. - Listen now via link in bio, or search #terraincognita on iTunes, Soundcloud or Spotify - Produced in partnership with @sidetrackedmag and @kendalmountainfestival #adventure #podcast #exploration #climbing 📷 @wasatchandy
'Growing up in a small town (North Battleford, Saskatchewan ) in the 1980s, being outdoors was a massive part of what we did and who we were. There really were no other options (video games and colour TV hadn’t arrived yet ). We lived on the outskirts of town, so our backyard was mile upon mile of fields, forests, rivers, and lakes. I spent most of my childhood exploring that area with my best friend. And even today, I get my greatest sense of ‘home’ when I’m outdoors.'⠀ .⠀ VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools founder Todd Weimer talks to Sidetracked about the evolution of the company's latest product, the special edition Sidetracked x VSSL Adventure Kit, and the wild childhood in western Canada that inspired it. ⠀ .⠀ Sidetracked x VSSL Adventure Kit // @vssl ⠀ Read the story via link in bio.
Trails of Tears update from @ianefinch ⠀ .⠀ 'As the sun dips below the horizon each day we either find solace in our cold tents under the pine trees or in the wooden shelters scattered along the immense mountain ridgelines every 10-12 miles. Each night there would be a fire, not only to provide warmth but as a point of community – a place for people to come together and friendships to form.'⠀ .⠀ Supported by @sidetrackedmag @lowe alpine & @firepotfood - Image by @willsaundersphoto ⠀
Via @nikonschooluk ・・・ If you’re interested in expedition and adventure photography then this Coffee, Cakes and Cameras with Martin Hartley is not to be missed. With nearly two decades of experience photographing expeditions to the polar regions you’ll be sure to leave with insider knowledge on this exclusive area of the industry. Book this talk today by referring to the link in our bio. Image - @martinrhartley
Veins Of A Nation: Day Three update. . For the final stretch, @cat_sutherland and @alexjonesoutdoors , leave Cockermouth and enjoy a very different day as the land changes from the rugged drama of the Lake District to green pastures and small villages and onto the more industrial Workington where the sea marks the end of this journey. . Follow the trip on our Insta-Stories and check out today’s video update on our Facebook page (link in bio ). . Filmed by @danielwildeyphotography // photography by @benreadphoto In partnership with @merrelleu & @blacks_online
Veins Of A Nation: Day Two update. . From running and portaging shallow fast-flowing sections of the River Derwent to paddling the great Bassenthwaite lake, @cat_sutherland and @alexjonesoutdoors are making good progress despite extremely challenging conditions. . Follow the trip on our Insta-Stories and check out today’s video update on our Facebook page (link in bio ). . Filmed by @danielwildeyphotography // photography by @benreadphoto In partnership with @merrelleu & @blacks_online
Veins Of A Nation: Day One update. @cat_sutherland and @alexjonesoutdoors are embarking on a journey on foot and by paddle to follow the River Derwent, in the Lake District, from source to sea. Day one starts up at Styhead tarn, heading downstream to Borrowdale on onto Derwent Water. A wet and wild first day! . Follow the trip on our Insta-Stories and check out today’s video update on our Facebook page (link in bio ). . Filmed by @danielwildeyphotography // photography by @benreadphoto In partnership with @merrelleu & @blacks_online
New on @theadventurepodcast ・・・ ‘Conrad Anker is one of the world’s most accomplished mountaineers. Conrad’s career has seen numerous pioneering firsts, but also profound loss “far too many times”. Tragically, on 17th April 2019 David Lama, Hansjörg Auer and Jess Roskelley were killed in an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies. Conrad was a mentor and friend to all three, and was particularly close to David, who helped save Conrad’s life after he had a heart attack high in the Nepalese Himalayas. In Episode 018, Conrad reflects on a life of loss, love, and an unflinching passion for the mountains and the culture surrounding their ascent.’ - Listen now via link in bio or search #terraincognita on Soundcloud, Spotify and iTunes. - 📷 @mattpycroft - #earthday #adventure #podcast #mountains #meru #explore #climbing
'Post thunder-storm textures courtesy of mother nature’s lighting department. @jamiebarnesuk skilfully negotiates the spiralling channels of the upper Tennessee River. 1200 mile journey to retrace the steps of the Cherokee.' Words and photo: @ianefinch Follow the journey via our Insta-story highlights and follow @Ianefinch and @jamiebarnesuk
'I wanted to visit somewhere truly remote where few adventurers, explorers, or photographers had been before. These islands were the perfect example of a lost world just waiting to be discovered.' – @kirillumrikhin Photographer Kirill Umrikhin has recently ventured to a sparsely populated and largely unexplored part of the world: the Commander Islands in Russia. The team sailed by yacht over the 6,000m-wide Aleutian-Kamchatka Depression, evading storms to reach the islands and become the first documented group to kitesurf the waters of the Bering Sea. Kirill also saw amazing wildlife, including beaked whales and orcas, rare seabirds, and over a quarter of a million seals. We asked him to tell us a little more about the expedition. . Read the interview on our Field Journal (link in bio ). Photo: @kirillumrikhin
VENTURE OUT A couple of days ago we sent @24tom out from a bustling Manchester coffee shop to the Welsh wilderness to explore the forests, walk the hills and climb a mountain or two - all to prove that you can often find a great escape within a short train ride from home. . Watch the Instagram stories unfold here and now, and the daily update videos on our Facebook page starting 5pm tonight. . Team: Photography: Johny.cook Film crew: @sfm_films Produced in partnership with @keeneurope
Trails of Tears update from @ianefinch ⠀ .⠀ “Smoky Mountains” is derived from the Cherokee word “Shaconage” (Sha-Kon-O-Hey ), which means “land of the blue smoke”. The vast land is the ancestral home of the Cherokee. After 45miles and 10,000ft of vertical ascent over this ancient homeland our crossing is complete. With @jamiebarnesuk our journey now turns north along the snaking waterways continuing to follow the important route of the Cherokee removals. This canoe phase spans 800 miles of churning arterial waterways throughout the US. Supported by @sidetrackedmag @lowe alpine & @firepotfood - Image by @willsaundersphoto ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #lowealpine #nature #landscapephotography #landscape #outdoors #climbing #hike #hiker #hikers #trek #trekking #camping #mountain #mountains #goexplore #naturephotography #keepitwild #lifeofadventure #optoutside #natgeoyourshot #natgeoadventure #adventuretime #adventureawaits #getoutside #thegreatoutdoors #camp
The new @theadventurepodcast features the legendary expedition photographer @martinrhartley Listen now via link in bio or search for Terra Incognita in your podcast app. ・・・ “The feeling you get looking out over the Arctic Ocean, it looks like a big nasty monster. You go to the Arctic at the end of the winter, and it is a beast. A massive, unpredictable beast. Every hour of an Arctic Ocean expedition is different. You can’t predict what you’re going to come across in the next 100 metres, even. - My first visits to the Arctic were about having this profound experience of adventure. But more and more and more, there’s been this momentum gathering inside me. Knowing that you’re collecting data for someone who sits in a lab somewhere trying to answer all sorts of questions, that really gets you out of the tent in the morning. - I feel a sense of duty now to go back there and photograph the ice and do whatever scientists need before it’s not possible any longer, which is a day that is rapidly approaching.” - Listen to Episode 013 with @martinrhartley via link in bio. #adventure #podcast #arcticcircle #photography #sidetracked
A must, must, MUST listen from @theadventurepodcast : ・・・ Episode 013 with polar photographer @martinrhartley is a timely reminder of the worsening condition of our planet. A decade after @time magazine nominated Martin one of their Heroes of the Environment for his work documenting the state of the Arctic Ocean’s pack ice, he’s setting off to photograph the last of the multi-year sea ice in the Arctic, before it’s all gone. - What follows is a raw, honest and poignant conversation about a career spent in the harshest, coldest environments on Earth, and the photographs he’s taken along the way. - Listen now via link in bio, or find us on iTunes, Soundcloud or Spotify #terraincognita - Produced in partnership with @sidetrackedmag and @kendalmountainfestival #adventure #podcast #explore #outdoors #photography
Fragile, by @florian_ledoux_photographer ‘Witness, document and protect the fragile Arctic’ . In Sidetracked Volume 14, Florian shares his Arctic experiences and wildlife encounters with us. See link in bio.
NEW @theadventurepodcast ・・・ Serving up a healthy dose of outdoors enthusiasm, Episode 011 with @megan_hine will give you a glimpse into the life of a survival expert. Alongside stories of evading opium farmers and recceing crocodile-infested waters, we spoke about the importance of bushcraft, and the need for greater transparency on social media. Listen now via Soundcloud, Spotify and iTunes, or via link in bio, and stay tuned for more information on how to win a signed copy of Megan’s book. Produced by @coldhouse_ , in association with @sidetrackedmag
Last Autumn we traveled to Death Valley and spent the nights mesmerised by the clearest skies we’d ever experienced, able to clearly see shooting stars, satellites, and the International Space Station in its orbital loop. . Capturing this remarkable scene photographically was harder, which is why we were thankful for the advice of @elliotjsimpson , a photographer who specialises in the night sky and who also spent the autumn exploring the national parks of California. Read the article via link in bio. Photo by @elliotjsimpson #sidetrackedstories @visitcalifornia #exploretocreate #EarthPix #EarthOfficial #DiscoverEarth #ALifeAlive #EarthFocus #HighSnobiety #StayAndWander #BeautifulDestinations #VisualsOfEarth #Nature #california #visitcalifornia
Thanks to @goatexpectations for putting together this list of reasons why everyone should have Sidetracked in their life 🙏🏼 ・・・ Six reasons why everyone should subscribe to @sidetrackedmag especially those who suffer from bouts of wanderlust. • 1. It's the best curated adventure/travel/outdoors magazine. Every issue is not just brilliantly edited but there are high expectations of the contributors to not just tell an immersive story but to provide first rate photography. • 2. Every volume is like a book. It's a collection of short stories as opposed to magazine features. It could sell more ad space but you feel respected as a subscriber. • 3. The contributors aren't afraid to talk about failure. Some of the best stories are those who set out to do something but don't always succeed. It feels ordinary and down to earth. • 4. It's affordable! £10 for something that to all intents and purposes is a series of short stories is definitely worth the money. • 5. Constant inspiration. From backcountry bikepacking trips to first alpine ascents, the stories are bound to get the imagination going to crack out your own adventure plan. • 6. The smell! Find me a better smelling publication. You won't be able to. • • • #sidetrackedmag #travel #traveling #travelphotography #adventure #outdoors #outdoorsy #naturelovers #nature #adventureenthusiasts #getouside #wanderlust #reader #readinglife #inspiration #inspirational #flatlay
Two years ago @jb37north embarked on a ski expedition up and down Mt Halgurd in Iraqi Kurdistan with three US Army veterans and a film crew. . Read the story and watch the film via link in bio. . #skiexpedition #sidetrackedmag #adventure #mountains #ski #gooutside #adventuretravel #expedition #adventurenotwar #iraqikurdistan #kurdistan #zagrosmountains #backcountryskiing #halgurd
@theadventurepodcast update: ・・・ It’s all been a bit wild at Terra Incognita towers. We’ve been blown away by the response to the podcast, and we’ve been doing some serious scheming to make sure we’re releasing the very best content possible. The next few weeks are going to be exciting and we’ve got some amazing conversations in the can. We’ll be releasing episodes with the one and only @megan_hine talking about everything from social media and mental health through to being caught in the crossfire and hunted by crocodiles. We’ll also be featuring a @sidetrackedmag special with polar photography legend @martinrhartley , a wonderful, inspirational interview with @sophie_darlington_picture_co and conversations with the inimitable @polarben and world class alpinist Nick Bullock (who you mustn’t call an adventurer under any circumstances! ) Watch this space.
'The wind howls and creaks like an ailing giant. Snow is thick, then absent, and then thick again, thrown in a fitful temper. It lashes against our faces, forcing our eyes shut and our heads down. In these moments, glimpses at our front wheel provide our only anchor, our sole means of orientation.’ . Forwards by @alexcarlturner Read the story in Sidetracked Volume 14 (link in bio )
@gillymcarthur : ‘Stating the obvious before taking the plunge.’ . If you’ve not seen it yet then please check out the new film by @hddnmedia and @gillymcarthur - raising funds and awareness for @mindcharity Watch the film via our Facebook page or via link in bio and we’ve also added a donate link too. 🙏🏼
‘I absolutely love the mental clarity that entering ice takes. The whole experience demands focus and awareness at a very deep level, overcoming a deep rooted primeval drive telling you this isn’t right. It’s hugely powerful to overcome this, to know your own body and mind and be certain it’s fine. This is why I love the cold.’ – Gilly McArthur . 'Floe State of Mind’. Watch the film via our facebook page or via link in bio. . Film and production: @HDDNMedia Drone footage: @PeteArcher Swimmer: @gillymcarthur Photography: @MrJumpyJames Music: @matthewmatilda
‘All around us the weather was changing: strong winds pressed and harassed us, and sculpted deep grey clouds that rolled in and surrounded us like some sort of otherworldly ballet. It was a performance that would decide our fate in the coming 24 hours.’ . In Sidetracked Volume 14, climber and photographer @emmasvenssonphoto describes life at Camp 2 on Ama Dablam. Written by @huskypodcast