Avaunt issue 2

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A note on the cover (1 mn)

We have said in the past that adventure is not only confined to dangerous exploration or record breaking: every time we learn or do something differently we embark on a journey. It’s up to us to se...


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Going all gonzo (1 mn)

Hunter S. Thompson was a journalist and author dedicated to pushing things to the limit, both in his art and personal life. Politically minded, he became known for his intense hatred of President N...


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Up Close : Kick off by Neil Leifer (1 mn)

Neil Leifer had an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time. As a boy, gaining free access to New York Giants’ football games by helping to wheel in disabled veterans, he witness...


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Archive : Peter freuchen (2 mn)

Shot here by Irving Penn in 1947, we commemorate the life of the Danish explorer, author, journalist and anthropologist who discovered Inuit culture, resisted the Nazis and won 'The $64,000 Questio...


Bongos (1 mn)

From beatniks to mambo, bongos are some of the most wide spread hand drums around the world. “African in concept, but Cuban in invention,” as the musician Ned Sublette described them, these small t...


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14 - second legend (2 mn)

A humble mechanical wristwatch was critical to the survival of the three men on Apollo 13, hurtling towards Earth at 25,000mph, 45 years ago. Words: Alex Doak, Photography: Sam Armstrong Apollo 13...


Front : North (4 mn)

A crime reporter from New York recalls how wanderlust and a sense of adventure drove him to the northernmost town in America. No roads lead to Barrow so I flew there, disembarking at the Wiley Post...


Global numbers (1 mn)

1.13 Rate of population growth per year. 7.349 World population as of July 1, 2015 (billions). 255 Number of births worldwide per minute.


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Artificial intelligence (1 mn)

The implications of introducing a second, vastly superior, intelligence to the world could be the biggest seismic event in human history. Inside your cranium is the thing that does the reading. Th...


The centre of the earth (1 mn)

As in Jules Verne’s 1864 novel, travelling to the centre of the Earth is a timeworn theme in science fiction. At an unbelievable 5,500 degrees Celsius, the Earth’s core is about the same temperatur...


Reading list (2 mn)

From groundbreaking scientific discovery and swashbuckling on the high seas to the man who inspired James Bond, Avaunt handpicks six books for armchair adventuring. Explorations & Adventures in Eq...


Distance (1 mn)

7570 Height of highest unclimbed mountain – Gangkhar Puensum (metres). 19,996 Distance between world’s two farthest-apart cities – Rosario, Argentina to Xinghua, China (kilometres). 175 Farthest di...


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Up close : Helipad by Joseph Ford (1 mn)

I was flying over central London on a bitterly cold day in December. Despite my gloves, my hands were almost too chilled to operate the camera, and my face was numb from the rotor blades' downdraft...


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Innovation in the trench (4 mn)

David Hellqvist considers how Burberry's trench coat, developed for Antarctic expeditions and the battlefields of northern France, reflects an ethos of innovation that remains to this day. Innovat...


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A thing of the past (2 mn)

Once a regular feature on US newsstands, we delve into the kitschy macho pulp of men’s adventure magazines and catch a glimpse of American Cold War psyche. The ‘men’s adventure magazines’ or ‘men’s...


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Adventures in writing (4 mn)

Inspired by the premature efforts of medieval Norsemen, author Will Self sets out on an adventure to recolonise literary modernism for the digital age. We all know what it means to have an adventu...


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Up close (1 mn)

Ergol #6 by Vincent Fournier This image is part of the ‘Space Project’ series that shows my fascination with space through an archive of the most significant hubs in the world: the Star City in Rus...


East (4 mn)

The expedition to be the first Gurkhas to summit Everest is thwarted by an earthquake and the deadliest avalanche in the mountain’s history. Rifleman Dawa was slowly losing his hearing as I sat bes...


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Paradiso (2 mn)

With the first visit by a US Secretary of State in 70 years, acclaimed photo-journalist Michael Christopher Brown reflects on the changing face of Cuban society. These photographs were taken in th...


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Evolution of drink (3 mn)

Biochemist turned sensory ringmaster, Alex Ott discusses the science behind his cocktails, which are designed to make you more generous, more amorous and even make you live longer. My profession – ...


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Adventures in maths (3 mn)

Guatemala – a land of volcanoes and jungle, howler monkeys and the quetzal bird that no one seems to have ever seen except on the national flag. Pyramids soar above the jungle canopy, inducing vert...


Editors' letter (1 mn)

Welcome to the second issue of Avaunt. If you own a copy of issue one, or if you’re already one of our subscribers, thank you. The demand for our inaugural print run took us by surprise, and it com...


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Sir Wally Herbert (2 mn)

Wally Herbert’s epic 16-month, 3,720-mile journey across the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole has been forgotten. Here we remember the greatest polar expedition in history. Britain’s preeminent pol...


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Up close (1 mn)

Astra 3 B by Simon Norfolk At any one time there are about 8,000 objects orbiting the Earth. One is the moon, which has been there a Very Long Time: the rest are manmade satellites, junk that has f...


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A pair of strides (3 mn)

A self-confessed ‘dresser’, actor Terence Stamp takes Avaunt through the cuts and fabrics of his wardrobe over the years. Dougie Hayward made my first set of tails. He was still working out of Fulh...


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Surviving delirium (4 mn)

For critically ill patients, the trauma of sedative-induced hallucinations can last long after they have recovered. Tom Jenkins investigates the little-understood delirium of Intensive Care Units. ...


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Up close (1 mn)

Geothermal by Edward Burtynsky I wanted to find ways to make compelling photographs about the human systems employed to redirect and control water. I soon realised that views from ground level coul...


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South (4 mn)

The author recalls the haunting landscape she discovered at Tierra del Fuego, the isolated archipelago at the southernmost tip of South America. Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago that drips off t...


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Surviving medicine (4 mn)

Stationed in the vast expanse of Antartica, Rob Conway reflects on the tough judgement calls that are a constant daily feature of life as part of an expedition rescue crew. It is summer here in An...


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Moon over manhattan (2 mn)

From Mount Everest to the World Trade Center, Geoff Dyer considers the ways in which photography has been used to capture the transient pinnacles of human achievement. If you find yourself on the ...


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Go deep (7 mn)

Oliver Steeds descends beneath the waves to discover the latest developments in submarine exploration and the pioneering efforts being made to understand humanity’s next frontier, the deep sea. “T...


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Up close (1 mn)

Telescope by Enrico Sacchetti The William Gordon Telescope was completed in 1963 and is the world's largest single-aperture radio telescope, located at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The m...


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Antoine de Saint-Exupery (3 mn)

Avaunt remembers the textured life of celebrated author, pioneering aviator and French hero, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, whose writing is instilled with his love of adventure. Antoine de Saint-Exupé...


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West (4 mn)

A reacquaintance with the Welsh coast triggers a sensory nostalgia that sees a journey from the banks of the Thames to Dylan Thomas. Out of the deserted car park, through a lightly grassed cleft i...


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Up close (1 mn)

‘Pools’ by Stephan Zirwes The ‘Pools’ series is a study of water: one of the most precious resources for life on our planet. My approach was to show water as a location for entertainment, but also ...


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Style (9 mn)

ANA BASIS PHOTOGRAPHY: TOBIAS HARVEYSTYLIST: ASHLEE HILL LUKE wears fur trim hood coat by Spiewak, Cream cable knit jumper by Sunspel, Brown jersey cotton panel trousers by Vivienne Westwood, Blac...


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Return of the black rhino (3 mn)

The black rhino, almost hunted to extinction, is returning to northern Kenya In the 1970 s there were elephant, black rhino and Grevy’s zebra in abundance throughout the vast northern frontier dis...


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A life wild and perilous: The ultimate Buckskin Badass (15 mn)

The incredible history of Hugh Glass's adventures in the American Frontier The story of Hugh Glass may well be the most epic personal saga ever recorded on the American frontier. Glass was a man o...


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The man who talks to sperm whales (16 mn)

I can’t breathe. The only sound I hear are thunderous cracks, so loud they shake my body. Another crack, then another. I open my eyes and see in all directions nothing but gradating bands of blue a...


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Exploring Xinjiang, the chinese cultural melting pot at the crossroads of the world (7 mn)

A Thermal power station located in Urümqi, Xinjiang, China. The Xinjiang region is located in northwest China, a remote area inside Eurasia. It occupies one-sixth of China’s territory, and with i...


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Avaunt joins veteran skipper Sidney Gavignet’s race-winning Oman Sail crew in the 2015 Artemis Challenge (6 mn)

Ben Saunders joins veteran skipper Sidney Gavignet’s race-winning Oman Sail crew in the2015 Artemis Challenge. As the distant rolling grumble of thunder reached us across the Solent, I started to ...


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The overview effect (2 mn)

Happy cold New Year’s Eve, America: looking from Kansas to Montana here. American astronaut Terry Virts shares with Avaunt the incredible photographs he shot while 400 km above the Earth on the In...


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Giants of the sea (5 mn)

HMS Queen Elizabeth sits in the non-tidal basin at Rosyth Dockyard. Scaffolding is used to support painting and outfit of the catwalks of the carrier. Before its sea trials start in late autumn and...