• Credit: Lars Schneider/Deuter
    Credit: Lars Schneider/Deuter

The Great Walks Aug-Sept issue is back from the printers and on its way to subscribers and newsagents!

The issue is jam-packed with inspiring hiking locations such as the Snowy Mountains, the Bibbulmun Track, Central Australia, Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and New Zealand's long-distance Te Araroa walk.

"I breathed deeply at the cold, taking in views of rippling ranges against a skyline of dark blue and orange, while the land sucked the tension from my body, replacing it with a hit of endorphins," writes Laura Water on her NZ hiking odyssey.

"I felt as though a wise old grandmother had just put everything into perspective for me. This is what’s real. This is all that matters. Nature’s simplicity is my spirit level and her beauty my reward."

We review mid-range packs, look at solo hiking and showcase some of the best outdoor gear on the market.

We also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sea to Summit expedition where Australian mountaineer Tim Macartney-Snape was the first person to summit Mount Everest starting from sea level.

“After 3 days and 100km, we entered Calcutta, now called Kolkata. Breathing difficulties are common on Everest, and here, just 10m above sea level, we had our first,” writes Michael Dillon who was cameraman on the Sea to Summit expedition.

“Three days of walking through the fetid air of this endless city left Tim with a chest infection and we spent the next two days camped in a village just to the north, while he recovered. Then ever on, averaging 30km a day through idyllic countryside, the smell of coriander thick in the air, and the enchantment of Indian rural life all around us.

"Often, traffic was all around us too of every variety, some of it four legged and dodging it was daunting. There was every chance Tim might be the first Everest climber ever killed by a truck.”

On top of this we have a competition to win a walking holiday for two to New Zealand!

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