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March 2014 Issue
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Editor’s letter

We publish the best photos from our first ever photo competition this issue. I was totally blown away by the high standard of photography submitted. I would have no trouble publishing many of the entries in this magazine at any time and in any issue, not just because we’re running a photo competition.

So if you were one of the hundreds who entered, don’t limit your photographic and editorial submissions to this one-off occasion; feel free to drop me a line anytime if you think you’ve got a decent photo or have done a trip you think others should know about.

It’s the year of the competition at Wilderness. Next up is the Wilderness Outdoor Awards, which we’ve been running for the last few months. By the time nominations closed in early February, a staggering 1200-plus people had suggested an outdoor store, recommended gear or spoken out in support of those groups advocating for access to the outdoors and the health of the environment.

Such a large number of nominations made finding the finalists tricky, but if you turn to p7 you’ll see who made it through. Now it’s the turn of you, the Wilderness reader, to decide the winners. Voting is easy: simply head to, follow the links or search ‘Outdoor Awards’ and you will be able to vote for your favourite.

Good luck to all our finalists; we’ll run the results of the public vote in the coming May issue.

Any thoughts we had of ending the debate on 1080 with our ‘1080: The Truth’ article in the February issue, were promptly dashed by the first letters and phone calls I received in the days immediately after the magazine went on sale. Some came in so soon I doubted they even had a chance to read the article before jumping down my throat.

It seems the truth and 50 years of constant scientific research aren’t enough for some. Ah well, we tried. It seems opinion on 1080 will remain divided for some time to come. You can read some of the responses we have received on the following pages.

At least Wilderness could never be accused of letting the facts get in the way of a good story: they make our stories.

– Alistair Hall