On a wet, misty day in the Blue Mountains, a woman in a wheelchair and a young boy are suspended off the side of a cliff. The woman is Sarah-Jane Staszak, and the boy is her eight-year-old son, Hamish. With them are two photographers, and a host of volunteers organising the rope rigging, lighting systems, cameras.
Some people like the freedom of running alone. Others need the accountability of going with a friend. Some prefer the motivation of a group. And then there are those who are lucky enough to be able to run with their partner.
My children are my teachers. They greet each day with wonder, openness and love. Quill opens her eyes most mornings, sees me in the bed and sighs, "hmm-mumma". She says it like she feels it; the word thick with the love.
There is always a certain anticipation in the preparation leading up to a big trip. Making sure you have the right equipment, mapping out your journey and reading travel guide after travel guide in the singular hope that it will capture a sense of reality to where ever it is that you are going.
The barriers to adventure collectively diminish as you get older and more experienced at life. It's a bold statement and counterintuitive to what you might think. As you get older, wiser and more in touch, your adventures only get grander, more sophisticated, more grounded and have greater depth.
Riding through Sydney one Friday morning, I started chatting with Kate. It was her bike-a-versary, she told me, a year since she had started riding. I looked around the group that surrounded us, a group that had become synonymous with Friday mornings. Everyone had a unique story that brought them to these roads. But unlike other bunches this one was made up entirely of women.
If you’re seriously into the outdoors, chances are you’ve at least heard of Merino clothing. But how much do you really know about it? And do you know how to get the most out of your Merino? We talked to our friends at Australian Merino outdoor and adventure clothing company ioMerino to get all the inside information on what makes a good Merino garment, and how to layer for maximum performance.
As a kid she was an outsider, spending her time doing cartwheels and flips on the grass in her front yard. When an injury dashed her Olympic dreams, she spent the next 20 years in mourning - searching for the exhilaration and happiness she had enjoyed as a kid. On the precipice of turning 40 she stumbled upon a marvel which transformed her life. Meet the woman behind Wild Women on Top and Coastrek