ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Louis Loncke in his element.

Here at ExWeb, when we’re not in the outdoors, we get our adventure fix by exploring social media and the wider interweb. Sometimes we’re a little too plugged in, and browsing interesting stories turns from minutes into hours. To nourish your own adventure fix, here’s some of the best links we’ve discovered this week…

Candid Interview with Louis Loncke: Belgian desert specialist discusses living like a student at age 39, carrying a 132-lb backpack and even harder, finding a girlfriend who doesn’t mind his long stretches away.

Serious Endurance: Nicky Spinks completes one of Britain’s toughest mountain runs, twice within 57 hours.

Interview with a Machu Picchu Porter: Richard Pfocohuanca has hiked the Inca Trail  hundreds of times. But he’s never made it to Machu Picchu.

First Ascent: Robert Anderson recalls his team’s first ascent of the Kangshung Face of Everest in 1988.

A Call to the Wild: A neat video blending the words of Robert Service with footage captured by polar adventurer Eric Larsen.

A 2,500km Sea Kayak Journey: In 2012, Erik Boomer and Jon Turk circumnavigated Ellesmere Island by kayak, using them as sleds most of the way.

Wi-Fi on Everest: How one local Sherpa has a monopoly on internet access at Base Camp.

Greenland adventure pix: Some carefully framed photos of this arctic jewel. Paddleboarding up to an iceberg is playing Russian roulette, though!

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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