Welcome to the spring edition of the School of Outdoor Life. This 'Running Wild' issue features local and overseas adventure races, practical bush craft and first aid advice for the warmer weather and foraging for fruits of the sea in Nature’s Kitchen.
The Adventure Race
Story: Henry Brydon
Featured Photography: We are Explorers
Belangalo Forest Adventure Race
As my feet sank deeper into the squelchy undergrowth, the confronting pong that emitted from this particular checkpoint ensured I very nearly saw my oat-based breakfast again. Was the smell courtesy of serial backpacker murderer Ivan Millat? Was there in fact an unfortunate and undiscovered German called Klaus decomposing two feet below us in a shallow grave?
The Ultimate Multi-Country Marathon
Story: Helga Kindler
Featured Photography: Denis Wischniewski
50 Marathons in 50 Days
I left my home town of Munich on 12 June. I ran with friends for 40 km right up to the gates of the city where they saw me off with a big cheer – and incredulity written across their faces – on my way to Istanbul. This was going to be the longest run of my life. A good 2,400 kilometres, 7 countries, all the way to the end of Europe within a mere 50 days. At first, I ran close to the edge of the Alps; then I actually ran across them. I faced bad weather, and looked the onset of winter right in the eye; finally, I crossed the High Tauern during a snowfall and with limited visibility. Just a few days and stages later, I had to face other problems.
Skin Care for the Outdoors
Story: Dave Casey
Featured Photography: Dave Casey, Lachlan Gardiner, Oxfam Trailwalker Australia
The warmer weather can inhibit performance and enjoyment of the wilderness. Preparation is key to ensuring pesky blisters; burns and bites don’t hold you back on any adventure.
Finding Your Way Without a Compass
Longer days can mean longer adventures and the risk of getting lost. Here are some simple steps to help you navigate your way back to civilization when you’ve found you’re too far off the beaten track.
Story: Kirsten Bradley
Featured Photography: Kirsten Bradley
Foraging tips for the gourmet trailwalker
Seaweeds stand alone as an incredibly nutritious, regenerative resources like no other – and for many Australians, they’re right on our doorstep. Here’s the basics of foraging, drying and eating a few of them.