ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Ed Gillet on day 45 of his way-out-there paddle from California to Hawaii. Photo: Ed Gillet

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…

Pacific Epic: A fascinating article on Ed Gillet’s never-repeated, 64-day solo kayak journey from California to Hawaii. Unsupported, out of touch for the last portions, out of food… one of those true epics that never happens any more in this era of satphones and Spot devices.

From Young Gun to Elder Statesman: An insight into the life of U.S. climber Conrad Anker as he approaches his 60s.

Water, Water, Everywhere: Melting sea ice and icecaps have become commonplace in the summer Arctic, but as climate change speeds up, the melt in Greenland has occurred even earlier this year.

The Long March: Paul Salopek’s New Yorker article about his 30,000km trek in the footsteps of Stone Age humans. For those interested in learning more about the journalist’s marathon project after our recent story on him.

Where’s Sherlock Holmes When You Need Him?: A Victorian mystery: Did climber Edward Whymper, of Matterhorn fame, also make the first ascent of a little-known Ecuadorian volcano?

Straight From the Hip: A remarkably open interview with adventurer Alastair Humphreys on influences, suffering, travel and especially trying to make a living at it.

The Grateful Dead: An opinion piece on dealing with the dead bodies that litter Everest.

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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 national newspapers, international magazines, and on various 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 follow Ash via @ashrouten on Twitter and Instagram.

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