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 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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