The purity of an outdoor sport is directly linked to how much gear you can shed. Leaving the bike, rope and paddles at home you’re left with a few options: swimming, free-solo climbing, free-diving and running; but if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that humans are better adapted to long-distance running than almost anything else.

After the success of Climbing Month we were pretty amped to crack another tin of fresh stoke. Explorers sent us articles on everything from climbing slang to finger-tip care, the best spots in the Blue Mountains and a bit of history, it was rad!

Most of the We Are Explorers team are pretty interested in the ol’ two-footed locomotion and you guys lapped up our interview with ultramarathon runner Lucy Bartholomew, so it just felt right to dive into trail running for our next focus month.

Trail Running Month

This ain’t about pavement bashing. During October and November we’ll be focusing on trail running. We want to explore the adventurous side of running, the pure way it lets people connect with nature and the cool mental challenges running a long distance throws at you.

There’ll be tips on how to get into trail running, what gear you might need, places n’ races to set your sights on, and stories and interviews with people who’ve dedicated their life to running off-road.

We hope you enjoy what we’re brewing up! Oh and if you’re reading this thinking you missed out on contributing, don’t stress! There’s still time. Hit up the Explorer Project and get in touch!

Welcome To Trail Running Month!, Jon Harris, sunrise, running, south coast, nsw

WAE staff members Mattie and Jono getting their pump on up Drawing Room Rocks. – Photo by Jon Harris Photography

Adventure Tales 8 – Jamie Hildage

Adventure Tales is back this Thursday! We’ll be hearing from Jamie Hildage. An office veteran with 20 years of executive leadership under his belt, he now runs insane distances all over the globe, all because he said ‘yes’ to a mate who was banging on about some adventure race.

Since turning up to that start line totally unprepared, his life has continued to take the wildest of twists and turns leading him to partake and even win some of the biggest and baddest self-supported stage races in the world, and in some of Australia’s most harsh conditions.

For Jamie, it’s not about the wins — it’s physical and mental warfare that lends new perspective on all aspects of life.

Tickets to this event are nearly sold out! Grab yours here.

adventure tales 8 - jamie hildage

Kathmandu X Salomon Run Club Roadshows

The legends at Salomon and Kathmandu are running (pardon the pun) some epic adventure runs in Christchurch and Melbourne in November. Put your stoke to good use at one of these awesome, inclusive events.

Mt Karetu Guided Trail Run // Christchurch

The event will take place around Mt Karetu in Christchurch. Mt Karetu is a beautiful 972m North Canterbury foothill with stunning views and the run will offer a unique perspective and terrain as it’s located on private land.

There’ll also be experienced guides and trainers on hand to accelerate your running!

When: Sunday 4th November 2018


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Erskine Falls Guided Trail Run // Melbourne

This event will take place near one of the most magical spots in the world — The Great Ocean Road. Erskine Falls is a short drive from Lorne, with cascading waterholes, rare species and giant ferns. The nature trail, either 10km or 21km (runner’s choice), will cover different terrains with spectacular views of Erskine Falls.

There’ll also be experienced guides and trainers on hand to accelerate your running!

When: Sunday 11th November 2018

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Feature photo by Jon Harris Photography