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The mountains are calling and I must go, and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.

- John Muir

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Editor's Letters

Jun 14, 2015

Editors Letter. Issue 8. Summer 2015.

"There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise"

WRITTEN BY

Apoorva Prasad

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A narrow pool of dark turquoise green lay within brown and orange canyon walls. We contemplated it from the rocky outcrop above, it was a drop of perhaps thirty feet or so, with a narrow rib of compacted mud rock jutting out just below. There was the option to rappel in, which three members of our party chose to do. Or the more interesting version — jump. To land directly into the safety of the deep water, one had to leap far enough to clear this rib, yet not too far as to hit the chockstone blocking the narrowing walls in front, nor to the right, where a large boulder sat out of the dark water, nor too left where the walls rose up. Rob, the grizzled, middle-aged British expat who owned the operation leading the trip, counted himself down and launched himself into the air. Then it was my turn… with much hesitation, I jumped, the force of my eventual landing blowing a contact lens out of one eye. This was just the beginning of a six-hour canyoning trip in the right fork of Snake Canyon, one of Oman’s top must-do adventures. Our pictures later show me grinning like a kid through the whole six hours of rappelling, climbing, scrambling, crawling, and swimming. I hadn’t realized that I was smiling the entire time.

Buck was wildly glad. He knew he was at last answering the call, running by the side of his wood brother toward the place from where the call surely came…He had done this thing before, somewhere in that other and dimly remembered world, and he was doing it again, now, running free in the open, the unpacked earth underfoot, the wide sky overhead.

Jack London, The Call of the Wild.

We hope the content of our pages will make you remember the call, deep inside all our primitive memories. You may need to search for the silence of the forest, to finally be able to listen. When you hear its faint echoes, answer it.

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Editor's Letters

Aug 14, 2018

Welcome to the new OutdoorJournal.com

A reflection of our new team and iterative process of regular updates to our design, editorial content, business model and much more.

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WRITTEN BY

Apoorva Prasad

In order to achieve our long-term goals, we’ve had to learn some hard lessons, undertake pivots and become more of a tech startup than “just a magazine”. I’ve personally had to go from being “just a journalist” to being the CEO of a tech startup, raise outside funding and relearn software development, nearly 20 years after I quit engineering school in Maryland to climb in the Himalayas, travel and become a storyteller.

You’ll start to see a brand new look to our website and other properties, as well as be able to undertake trips on The Outdoor Voyage (www.outdoorvoyage.com), which we’re also launching via trip pages on The Outdoor Journal itself.

Call us what you will, but The Outdoor Journal & Voyage stands for one thing: to educate, inspire and enable all peoples to enjoy, experience and protect wilderness.

This is also an acknowledgement of the reality that the media industry as we knew it for the last hundred years is essentially dead, that nearly all advertising dollars are scooped up by Facebook and Google today, not independent media businesses like ours; as well as the fact that our readers have constantly asked us who the best travel companies are, globally, and how they could book with them. Our business model is henceforth evolving into a hybrid travel + media model, where a sales commission from a scalable travel booking business is what (we hope) will fund our honest, authentic and independent editorial journalism. Importantly, our marketplace side seeks to promote ethical travel and sustainable development in local communities globally – a mission that received a boost when Booking.com awarded us their second-highest startup grant award last December. Some links you follow may earn us a commission, and we will continue to have some sponsored content or advertising on our channels, but we will always strive to be transparent and explicit about what’s honest, genuine journalism, and what’s not – a rarity in most travel and outdoor media.

We’ve remained a family & friends-funded startup, but sometimes we pitch ourselves to investors calling it a future “Wirecutter for adventure travel” and other times, a potential “NatGeo + Expedia for Adventure”. Call us what you will, but The Outdoor Journal & Voyage stands for one thing: to educate, inspire and enable all peoples to enjoy and experience wilderness. That is our purpose, and we will continue to build and grow towards goals that help us achieve it.

It’s been a long journey, and I invite you to retrace my steps by reading all of the previous Editor’s Letters, which can be found under The Journal.

Finally, should you wish to support our journalism, and everything we stand for, please subscribe to our print magazine here.

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