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Editor's Letter (2 mn)

“He was an archaeologist, botanist, geologist, writer, poet and a brilliant ethnographer. He spoke 29 languages and could imitate 60 sounds made by monkeys. He could play four games of chess at onc...


A note on the cover (1 mn)

I’m fascinated by infrastructure – networks and systems – and have spent many years studying the American landscape for my work. In my research, I’ve often used the United States Geological Survey ...


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Snow conditions bad (1 mn)

At the end of May 1953, the international press was clamouring for news of the latest attempt to climb Mount Everest. Such was the intensity of the competition around the story that James Morris, t...


Up Close (1 mn)

Mount Etna by Carsten Peters Situated on the eastern coast of Sicily, Mount Etna – one of the most active volcanoes in the world – is ideally placed for scientific research. As seen here, volcanolo...


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Art (2 mn)

Art in the wilderness Wildlife artists Olly and Suzi’s approach to their work has seen them travel to some of the most inhospitable corners of the globe. Here they tell Avaunt why working directly...


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Inter-arboreal space (3 mn)

Adventures in the canopy The biologist and inspiration for the film Medicine Man discusses how climbing could be the central key to understanding human evolution. My career in canopy exploration ...


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Archive (3 mn)

Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Sir Geoffrey de Havilland was one of the 20th century’s great aeronautical inventors. Here Avaunt considers the trials and tribulations of his long and illustrious career...


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Front (1 mn)

Designing silence Discovering the pioneering process behind Flare Audio’s Isolate earplugs, which are changing the way we think about silence and sound. Launched on the crowdfunding website Kicks...


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Front (14 mn)

Stevie Haston Spurned by the UK climbing scene, Stevie Haston’s prodigious career has consistently broken records and defied convention. Ben Williams travelled to Malta to meet the pioneering sex...


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Style (2 mn)

Charting new territory Megan Logue takes a close look at the SS17 collection by forward-thinking outerwear brand Stone Island – a selection of pieces that stay true to the Italian brand’s legacy o...


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Front (1 mn)

Banff film festival As programming director for the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, Joanna Croston reads 70 mountain books and watches 350 mountain films annually. Here she selects six of t...


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Mountaineering (3 mn)

Adventures in poetry Poet and amateur climber Helen Mort considers how recreating the pioneering journeys of early female climbers in the Swiss Alps inspired her latest anthology of work. Illustra...


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Archive (3 mn)

Junko Tabei Avaunt remembers Junko Tabei, the pioneering female mountain climber who overcame the limits of a patriarchal society to become the first woman to summit Everest. The most enduring fea...


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Travel (1 mn)

Palm wine collectors Namibian-born photographer Kyle Weeks considers how his most recent work – documenting the palm wine collectors of the Kunene River – confronts the challenging legacy of Afric...


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Philately (2 mn)

Comic correspondence Over half a century of space exploration has led to international collaboration on a scale that is almost unprecedented on Earth. Avaunt considers how the universal message of...


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Aeronautics (5 mn)

Frankenstein in space Reflecting on Britain’s pioneering post-war aeronautical industry and the unlikely role played by a small but industrious Manchester-based engineering firm. Flight Lieutenan...


Cartography (2 mn)

Dymaxion map The conventional projection of our planet has vast political and cultural implications. Here, Avaunt takes inspiration from Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion map. The Mercator projection ...


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Front (3 mn)

Time machine The incredibly rich Longines archive means that annually we’re treated to a reissue of admirable fidelity. This year’s Heritage 1918 is one such success, inspired by the instruments o...


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Up Close (1 mn)

Original Rituals by Ivana Boris I was in the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco when my eye was caught by a lookdown fish. I loved their silvery patterning and became intrigued by their world – how th...


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Essential Kit (5 mn)

The frontiers of first aid Veteran of four tours of Afghanistan, combat medic Sergeant Hangdip Rai takes Avaunt through the essential kit that makes the difference between life and death on the ba...


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Up Close (1 mn)

SvalSat by Greg White I like to maximize the opportunities I get when on assignment, to take time out and shoot personal work. When I found myself heading to Svalbard – a Norwegian island midway b...


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Endurance (4 mn)

Hell of the north Avaunt considers how a gruelling race across the battle-scarred landscape of northern France became the most revered fixture on the professional cycling calendar. The start of t...


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Innovation (7 mn)

Against wind and tide Rolex has been championing innovation through their awards programme for 40 years. Avaunt meets the latest winners to discover the ingenious ideas that will come to shape the...


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Windward (1 mn)

PHOTOGRAPHY: THOMAS BROWN STYLING: ALEX PETSETAKIS SET DESIGN: HANA AL-SAYED Incendo lightweight hooded jacket by Arc’teryx This spread: Garment dyed nycra lightweight parka by CP Company Nundle...


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Lahinch (2 mn)

“I CAME HERE FOR A WEEK” PHOTOGRAPHY: NIALL O’BRIEN STYLING: DAN MAY JOE, student, wears jackets by Musto and his own jeans and trainers “BEING ABLE TO DOCUMENT PIONEERING SURFERS AND HAVING ...


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Dive time (6 mn)

IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Every year, IWC reduxes one of its core collections. This is the year of the Da Vinci dress watch, but of more interest to us, and still as relevant and crisply contem...


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Nomad (1 mn)

PHOTOGRAPHY : MATTHEW BROOKES STYLING: DAN MAY Grooming: Matt Mulhall Models: Jessie and Kim at Boss Models; Sethu, Chad-Lee and Lwakhe at 20 Management; Gandhi at Wicked Model Mana...


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The Last Duchess (14 mn)

CAL FLYN ON THE SCARRED LANDSCAPE OF SCOTLAND’S SLATE ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHS BY JON TONKS The smallest quarry, now half filled by a chute of broken slates, is used by the islanders as a swimming poo...


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Tokyo Flooding (2 mn)

EXPLORES THE TEMPLES AND TUNNELS OF TOKYO’S VAST NETWORK OF STORM DRAINS PHOTOGRAPHER CHRISTOFFER RUDQUIST Looking down into a vast silo that diverts floodwater away from one of the five rive...


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Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (14 mn)

RICHARD GRANT CONSIDERS THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE PIONEERING AND MUCH MISUNDERSTOOD 19TH-CENTURY EXPLORER 1. Sir Richard Francis Burton – “The greatest mind of his generation,” as he was sometime...


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The Rocket People of Black Rock Desert (15 mn)

EVERY YEAR AERO SPACE ENTHUSIAST STREKOUT TO THE NEVADA DESERT TO LAUNCH HOME MADE ROCKETS AT MORE THAN TWICE THE SPEED OF SOUND BY BRIAN PATRICK EHA. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT ORMEROD Powerful rocke...


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The Navy Without a Sea (11 mn)

LAURENCE BLAIR ON DAILY LIFE IN BOLIVIA’S LANDLOCKED NAVY PHOTOGRAPHS BY NICK BALLON Navy students practice international maritime signals with semaphore flags at the Tiquina Naval Base in Bolivi...


Echo Chamber (11 mn)

DONALD TRUMP FOUGHT THE FIRST EVER TRULY DIGITAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN, USING SOCIAL MEDIA AS A DECISIVE TOOL TO MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION AND SHAPE POLITICAL DISCOURSE. NOW, AS HIS PRESIDENCY BECOMES ...