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ATHLETE PICKS: WHERE TO SKI WHEN HEADING NORTH

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Planning on heading north to chase the snow this winter? We chat to our team skiers and snowboarders about their favourite spots to migrate to for the northern hemisphere ski season.

Tour De Fiords: A Lesson in Vision and Self-Belief

In July 2018, a team of four set out to cover the wild territory between Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound on New Zealand's South Island by foot and packraft. The team consisted of a ragtag crew of every day adventurers, each bringing their own strengths to the team - Mitchell Scanlan-Bloor, Coralie Fleming, Nick Whitelaw and Dan Haley. After a tumultuous time in the Fiordland, and time to reflect on return, Mitchell Scanlan-Bloor recounts what happened along the way.

EXPEDITION ANTARCTICA

Expedition Antarctica

In 2017, we dispatched a team of the world's finest explorers to the Queen Maud Land territory where they spent a month climbing and establishing new routes on the Wolf's Jaw massif. Enduring brutal storms and freezing winds, these six athletes put our pinnacle alpine equipment to the test during the ultimate expedition at the bottom of the world. 

The Sky Piercer: Q&A with Director Jase Hancox

The team scoping out Mount Cook. Shot by Mickey Ross

At 3,724 metres, Aoraki / Mount Cook is half the size of famed 8000 metre peaks in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges, and smaller than those of the Seven Summits, except for Australia's own Mount Kosciuszko. But what Aoraki lacks in size, is made up for in technical difficulty, heavy glaciation and severe, ever-changing weather, making it a trial to be tested only by experienced mountaineers when weather allows. For Sam Smoothy, his desire to climb the perilous peak came first from hearing of his parent's experience on the mountain. The Sky Piercer, a CoLab Creative film, is a homage to the country he loves, and its highest mountain. 

Cleaning Up Your Outdoor Game: Zero-Waste Expeditioning

Lauren Jones on Expedition

As Lauren Jones prepared for a family expedition with her husband and one-year-old daughter, that would cover 1800km from the centre of Australia to the south coast, she was surprised by the amount of waste and single-use plastic that is a part of travel and outdoor exploration. A long time sustainability advocate and strategist, it was only natural that Lauren would set out to work towards zero-waste expeditioning. Believing in the power of collaboration and human experience to make a positive impact, Lauren has set out a few of her learnings that can be adapted to your next multi-day hike or camping trip. 

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