ExWeb’s Links of the Week

The Ice Ax believed to have been used to kill Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is now on display in Washington's International Spy Museum. Photo: Erik Sharar

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…

The Ice Axe that Killed Trotsky: A fascinating short podcast on how Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky died, and the story of the collector who hunted down that famous murder weapon.

Fram Expedition Revisited: A team of international scientists will try and channel the spirit of Fridtjof Nansen and spend a year trapped in the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean to collect vital climate data.

360 from the Roof of the World: Renowned adventure photographer Renan Ozturk captures a rare view of Everest using a drone.

The Last Overland: One of the original team, now 87, is re-creating the Oxford & Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition, which made history by being the first to successfully drive 10,000 miles from London to Singapore.

World’s Highest Weather Station: A team of scientists and Sherpas have installed an automatic weather station at the Balcony on Mount Everest.

Limits of Endurance: Sports science writer Alex Hutchinson overviews a new study on the possibility of a maximum limit on human daily energy expenditure during prolonged exercise.

One to Chuckle At: In this article on Colin O’Brady’s controversial crossing of Antarctica last year, the author declares, among other gaffes: “Any exposed skin, even a pin-prick in your thermal face mask, could cause frostbite in around 15 seconds.”

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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Ash – It looks like the misinformation on O’Brady’s expedition continues. It’s pretty sad….I wish he would just fully state what happened. It’s still a monumental feat.