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.

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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