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Editor's Letter (3 mn)

Welcome to the first issue of Avaunt , a magazine dedicated to adventure – in the broadest possible sense. We will feature acts of endeavour and endurance from the wildest, highest, deepest, coldes...


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Amelia Earhart (1 mn)

Avaunt remembers a pioneer of modern aviation and style, the well-dressed woman who tragically vanished whilst piloting a record-breaking flight around the globe. A fabled figure, Amelia Earhart w...


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Adventures In Audio (3 mn)

A long way from their studio in East London, electronic music duo Simian Mobile Disco head to the Californian desert, in Joshua Tree National Park, to record their latest album en plein air. Illust...


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Air (3 mn)

Bertrand Piccard was the first person to complete a non-stop balloon flight around the globe. Here he shares the ups and downs of flight. Most children grow up hearing their parents tell them fair...


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Reaching The Summit (4 mn)

On the 4th June 2005, aged 21 and 134 days old, Jake Meyer became the youngest Briton to summit Everest, and the youngest man in the world to complete the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on eac...


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Politics Of Map Projections (2 mn)

Most journeys start with a map. Far from an exact science, here we consider the thinking behind cartographers’ efforts to render the world flat. There’s no such thing as the perfect world map. For ...


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Rock (4 mn)

The prolific ex-climber reminisces about the worldly education of his ambitious 20-year mountaineering career. Climbing mountains once consumed me. Now I don’t do it; sometimes I miss it. When a...


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Adventures in reading (3 mn)

From Moby Dick to William S. Burroughs’ cult classic, Naked Lunch , American novelist Rick Moody picks brains over brawn in favour of a different kind of adventure. Once I was at an international...


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Frank bickerton (2 mn)

Avaunt commemorates the dauntless Frank Bickerton, the turn-of-the-century ace of adventure who also had a foothold in the budding British film industry. Frank Bickerton’s life (1889–1954) was one ...


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To The Congo (2 mn)

Looking back at his war work in the Congo, acclaimed photojournalist Michael Christopher Brown relives two hours spent at Goma Airport and marvels at the strength of the Congolese people. Abandone...


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Extremely Timely (1 mn)

From the bottom of the ocean to the stratosphere, a selection of hard-wearing and luxuriant timekeepers, designed for those with both a sense of adventure and unparalleled good taste. This page, t...


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Surviving Afghanistan (3 mn)

Realising that cultural understanding was his ticket to staying alive, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley looks back to his precarious time leading 15 soldiers through Helmand in the lead up to the w...


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Sand (4 mn)

Wilfred Thesiger crossed the Arabian Empty Quarter on camel and foot, Al Humphreysrecalls his own expedition into the world’s largest sand sea. “God endures for ever. The life of man is short. The ...


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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (11 mn)

The veteran seafarer and first man to sail the world solo talks to Avaunt about his proudest moments and the power of modern adventure in the information age. Stooped low in the spartan cabin of hi...


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The Day The Earth Smiled (1 mn)

Carolyn Porco, planetary scientist and the Head of Imaging for the Cassini mission, puts things in cosmic perspective with breathtaking images of Saturn and a faraway Earth. This is the stunning mo...


OuLiPo (3 mn)

Avaunt turns an eye to 1960s France and puts Queneau and le Lionnais’ ‘workshop of potential literature’ – the radical literary movement marrying poetry and mathematics – into action. Poetry and ...


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Werner Bischof (1 mn)

Extracts from the Swiss photographer’s diary describe a dawn ascent of the Alps and highlight his lyrical relationship with the landscape, and his existential and humanist interests "How serene and...


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Tree Life (3 mn)

Robert Macfarlane reflects on the wistful archetype of childhood adventure and backyard wilderness, the humble tree house. At the start of Italo Calvino’s fantastical novel The Baron in the Trees...


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Surviving a stroke (4 mn)

The former Observer literary editor Robert McCrum talks about struggle and empathy, coming back from the terra incognita of a devastating stroke that left him partially paralysed. Things change. Wh...


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Snow (4 mn)

Ben Saunders talks about the accomplishment that secured the title of longest human-powered polar journey in history. The notion that the Inuit languages have a vast number of different words for s...


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The Big Blue (3 mn)

FROM LUC BESSON’S FAMOUS FILM TO ALMOST 25 MINUTES SPENT STUCK 85 METRES UNDERWATER , THREE-TIME WORLD RECORD - BREAKING FREEDIVER GUILLAUME NÉRY TALKS US THROUGH THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE EXTREME ...


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Bionic Man (6 mn)

Avaunt meets Hugh Herr, the world's leading developer in prosthetics and the man allowing amputees to dance again An unexpected result of losing his legs to frostbite in a climbing accident when he...


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Sailing Close To The Red Zone (5 mn)

François Gabart describes a thoroughly French love affair with sailing and reveals how its admirers on the shore are being brought closer than ever to the action. “If you go into the red zone, it’s...


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Driving To The Future (7 mn)

Avaunt visits BMW’s factory and innovation centre in Munich to see how years of planning help the Bavarian car brand stay on course for originality and success BMW ’s Munich production plant is e...


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Voyaging Into Space (5 mn)

Dan Crowe speaks to the inimitable Sir Richard Branson about taking his visionary brand into space with Virgin Galactic, the survival instincts of an entrepreneur and the future of travel BEING AN...


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The Kombai (9 mn)

Oliver Steeds describes his experience living in the trees with the Kombai tribe, and fellow British explorer Mark Anstice, whilst filming a Discovery Channel series in Papua New Guinea “Why do ...


Search For The Sacred Mountain: Ghosts And Memory On The East edge Of The Tibetan Plateau (41 mn)

REVERED AND FEARED, MINYA KONKA HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF SEVERAL ILL - FATED EXPEDITIONS. BUT JUST WHAT IS THE PHYSICAL AND METAPHYSICAL PULL OF SUCH PERILOUS MOUNTAINS, AND HOW DOES TIME CHANGE IN ...


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Behind the scenes (1 mn)

By 1913, Sir Ernest Shackleton had already followed Captain Robert Falcon Scott on his Discovery Expedition – the first official British exploration of the Antarctic regions – and returned to set a...