Friday, 21 September 2012
A few weeks ago, John Summerton and I had a conversation about the future. For me, the future of my writing and photography. For him, the future of Sidetracked, his superb online narrative magazine about inspirational challenging adventure travel. It had become swiftly clear to us that our interests coincided and our passions for writing about independent adventure travel and inspiring others were becoming more and more important in our lives.
And within that conversation we agreed that Sidetracked would take on a couple of new editors - myself and Jamie Maddison. More on Jamie in another post. It's a wonderful opportunity for myself and for John to engage in passions we both share and to make Sidetracked into something that doesn't really exist at the moment - a genuine online magazine and resource centre for adventure travel that bridges the gap between Lonely Planet/Wanderlust and elite adventurers undertaking sponsored expeditions (although Sidetracked will cover some of those too).
So, from now on, one of my major roles will be as the Joint Editor of Sidetracked and Sidetracked: Behind the Scenes with Jamie Maddison. Sidetracked itself will go from strength to strength with the quality of contributor features getting better and better. We will be planning each issue months in advance to ensure the quality continues.
However, from now on, an incredible new site - Sidetracked: Behind the Scenes - will include articles covering advice from the contributors of the main features themselves, as well as the Sidetracked Guide series of advice guides. These will cover topics as diverse as Expedition Planning, Long Distance Trek Planning, Alpine Hut to Hut trekking, Packrafting, Bikepacking, Adventure and Expedition Photography and Travel Writing. There will be kit reviews focused on adventure travel, including hiking, as well as interviews with elite adventurers, professional travel photographers and film-makers, expedition leaders, alpine guides - everything the adventure travel world needs! We'll include news items, historical pieces and the site will be multimedia - video and audio, not just stunning photography and dramatic prose. And we'll be looking at undiscovered places to seek adventure, as well as giving readers short break ideas.
Sidetracked is our way of changing the way online adventure travel content is consumed, taking the best of the print media world and the online communities that love adventure and challenging lives, and combining it in a way which focuses the experience on the reader.
We think you'll love it and we'll love providing it for you.