ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Pumalin National Park, Douglas Tompkins' first conservation project in Chile. Photo: Tompkins Conservation

Here at ExWeb, when we’re not 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…

A Tribute: The backstory of Douglas Tompkins, conservationist  and co-founder of The North Face.

Designer Equipment: Fashion house Louis Vuitton have brought out a climbing chalk bag. Yes, really!

The Loop: Two adventurers complete the first climb/walk/swim around the cliffs of Hong Kong, encountering tons of rubbish along the way.

Survivor: A Russian helicopter pilot on an around-the-world jaunt miraculously survives an emergency landing on an ice floe in northern Canada.

An Unsung Climber: Q and A with Luke Smithwick, probably the most prolific Himalayan climber you’ve never heard of.

High Seas: Meet the woman who sailed 280,000km —equal to eight laps around the globe.

Climbing Blind: British paraclimber Jesse Dufton leads an ascent of the Scottish sea stack known as the Old Man of Hoy. The stack was first climbed by Chris Bonington et al in 1966. Paraclimbing is an organized sport for people with disabilities.

Too Young? A 10-year old Pakistani girl wants to climb Everest in 2020.


About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK. He juggles a day job as a public health scientist with a second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in newspapers, magazines, and on various brand websites. Major bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Porsche, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

He holds two degrees in Exercise and Health Sciences, and a PhD in Public Health.

His areas of expertise are polar expeditions, mountaineering, hiking, and adventure travel. In his spare time Ash enjoys going on small independent sledding expeditions, outdoor photography, and reading adventure literature.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com or read Ash's bi-monthly newsletter via https://hardtravel.substack.com

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