Avaunt issue 3

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Editors’ Letter (1 mn)

“When you start an expedition, you feel that everything is flat; everything is white all the way to the horizon. Your relationship to the environment is developing, and eventually you see that it’s...


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A note on the cover (1 mn)

Why do so many of us spend such a lot of time staring upwards? We revel in looking at the stars yet few of us will actually travel beyond our planet’s atmosphere. For centuries people have wondered...


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One Small Step (1 mn)

George Mueller, leader of the Apollo programme throughout the 1960s, had served as NASA’s associate administrator for manned space flight for five years when Apollo 8 launched on December 21st, 196...


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Contributors (3 mn)

40 Michael C. Brown Photographer Magnum filmmaker and photographer Michael Christopher Brown’s unorthodox approach has seen him travel to Libya, in 2011, to explore the iconography of warfare, ar...


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Up Close : Simon Norfolk (1 mn)

Vandenberg by Simon Norfolk The Titan II ICBM had one W-53 warhead with a 9-megaton yield, and formed the backbone of America’s nuclear forces, launched from silos just like this, until 1987. A sp...


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The worst journey (2 mn)

Let us consider the companionship and hardiness of three men who, trekking through the pitch-black Antarctic winter, survived temperatures of -60°C, crevasse falls and frostbite. This photograph ...


Way of the north (3 mn)

Ben Saunders meets with Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer to discuss their 120-day circumnavigation of Baffin Island. Infographic: La Tigre Between February and June 2015, Sarah and Erik spent 12...


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Atlantis of the sand (4 mn)

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has travelled to some of the remotest places on Earth. In an extract from his book Heat , he reflects on the Empty Quarter. The Empty Quarter stretched away north to Saudi Arab...


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Wrist rocket (2 mn)

Imagine a supercar singularly informed by a jet fighter: what would the pilot’s wristwatch look and feel like? Watchmaker Bell & Ross has the answer. Photography: Sam Armstrong It’s always worth a...


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Up Close : Greg White (1 mn)

Boneyard by Greg White Returning from an assignment in the depths of California, I passed by this plane graveyard in the Mojave Desert. Something has always appealed to me about the resting places ...


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Pluto’s horizon (2 mn)

Two-thirds the size of the moon, the distant dwarf planet Pluto is easily overlooked, and yet recent discoveries could make it the most exciting body in our solar system. Over the course of its 4-...


Reading List (1 mn)

From a Victorian circumnavigation of the globe to the tragedy of the Titanic, Avaunt handpicks six tales of epic and sometimes tragic maritime adventure from the briny depths. A Night to Remember ...


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Eye in the sky (1 mn)

They’re not just cool toys for flying in the park – drones offer a multitude of life and time-saving functions. But such usefulness has worrying consequences for safety and privacy. One snowy nigh...


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Cairo (1 mn)

Egypt. Cairo. August 2013. Anti-Obama and pro-government signage in downtown Cairo. Egypt. Cairo. August 31, 2013. An Egyptian-made pistol in a neighbourhood near downtown Cairo. In 2013, Mohamed ...


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Up Close : Van Lohuizen (1 mn)

Rising Seas by Kadir Van Lohuizen After I completed a project about the regions affected by rising sea levels, I wanted to look into the possible solutions, such as the coal reef restoration here i...


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Road to somewhere (1 mn)

By satisfying the diverse and sometimes peculiar travel needs of their customers, Avaunt’s fashion director discovers how Louis Vuitton’s made-to-order trunks continue to define luxury. Right: Pi...


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Erling Kagge, Norwegian polar explorer (16 mn)

The Norwegian polar explorer, author, publisher and father of three talks to Avaunt about the motives behind his expeditions and the value of silence and solitude in the modern age. Photography: La...


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Papa Flash (2 mn)

An engineer and an artist, Dr Harold Edgerton’s high-speed photography revealed a world hidden in plain sight. Here, Avaunt looks at the inventive genius of the man known as Dr Flash. Dr Harold Ed...


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J-H Emlyn Jones (2 mn)

J-H Emlyn Jones was a fearless mountaineer who defused unexploded bombs and destroyed Nazi launch sites, before almost being part of the historic conquest of Everest. John Hubert Emlyn Jones, know...


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People : Paul Gauguin (2 mn)

Having abandoned his marriage for a life of adventure and travel, Avaunt reflects on painter Paul Gauguin’s formative period spent attempting to go native in French Polynesia. Paul Gauguin, the Fr...


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Up Close : Alastair Philip (1 mn)

Metro by Alastair Philip Wiper In Copenhagen they are building a huge extension to the Metro. And they are building it right under my house. I live in a very wonky old house, and I love it that way...


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Race to recovery (3 mn)

Ex-Royal Marine, Grant White, takes Avaunt through the equipment he used as part of the first disabled team to compete in the most challenging motorsport race, the Dakar Rally. Photography: Daniel ...


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Valentina Tereshkova (3 mn)

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, in front of the Vostok capsule, June 1963. At the age of 26, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to have flown in space. Her...


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Up Close : Luca Sage (1 mn)

Boxing by Luca Sage This ‘David and Goliath’ bout was nothing short of extraordinary and unforgettable. No glitz, no glamour; just pain and passion. This is street fighting in Bukom, Ghana – a smal...


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Adventures in food (4 mn)

Inspired by some of history’s most famous culinary exploits, Sam Bompas, of experience design specialists Bompas & Parr, explains the studio’s no-holds-barred rationale, where more is most definite...


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Graf Zeppelin (2 mn)

Avaunt remembers an epic round-the-world adventure for the German airship, Graf Zeppelin, packed with adventurers, an actress, caviar, booze, jazz and even a cat. On 7th August 1929, the greatest...


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London to St. Petersburg (2 mn)

Photographer Christopher Herwig recounts the epic Central Asian road trips he took over 12 years, covering 30,000km, to document the unique and architecturally experimental Soviet bus stops. In 20...


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Wearing innovation (1 mn)

Man has a new best friend, and it’s called Vollebak. Founded last year by two brothers, Nick and Steve Tidball, the innovative and experimental apparel brand aims to keep the human adventure spirit...


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Nigel Cabourn (5 mn)

Designer Nigel Cabourn chats to Avaunt about finding inspiration in expedition outfits and military uniforms, his favourite explorers and cycling in Antarctica aged 66. Sitting in his sun-lit Newc...


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Up Close : Surfing by Todd Glaser (1 mn)

Tavarua is a small heart-shaped island that sits in the middle of the South Pacific, known mostly for its friendly people, amazing waves and beautifully clear water. While the beauty of Fiji has be...


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A Shot in the Dark (6 mn)

IT MAKES UP 80 PERCENT OF ALL THE MATTER IN THE UNIVERSE , YET NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO FIND IT. COULD THE XENON1T PROJECT BE ABOUT TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF DARK MATTER? Bottom view of the XENON1T T...


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Truly Madly Deeply (2 mn)

IRIDESCENT SCALES , EXOTIC PATTERNS , FLUORESCENT FINS : THE JEWELS OF THE OCEAN . ALIBIN THALITH’S PASSION FOR MARINE PHOTOGRAPHY , KIND LED BY HIS WISH TO CAPTURE A SHOT O F THE RARE CRYSTAL OCT...


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Hunting with Eagles in Mongolia (8 mn)

Mongolia is home to a culture of falconry: a winter sport and a way of life. Against the backdrop of this unforgiving landscape, the kazakh tradition of eagle hunting endures. From village to hunti...


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Budapest Fencers : Inside a Budapest fencing club, Home to female fencers in the making (3 mn)

Dóri Börcsök, a young cadet preparing for training. Cadets plugging their body wires into the spools connected to the electronic scoring equipment. BUDAPEST FENCERS The Honved Fencing Club, a co...


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Castro, Cousteau And I (17 mn)

Explorers, Ocean Exploration, pic: circa 1969, Jacques Cousteau, (1910-1997) French Oceanographer, famous for his television programmes on underwater exploration (PhotobyPaul Popper/Popperfoto/ Get...


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Living Free (17 mn)

Devi descends a mountain pass just beyond the village of Dedikorta, two full days’ walk from the village of Omalo. WHEN DEVI ASMADIREDJA ARRIVED OFF THE BUS IN GEORGIA’S PANKISI VALLEY IN THE SOUTH...