ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Photo: James Roddie

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 Crumbling Giant: In the same week that two climbers were killed by rockfall on the Matterhorn, media worldwide have chronicled the disintegration of the iconic peak.

Ahead of her Time: In 1926, American Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, which subsequently inspired female marathon swimmers worldwide.

A Fine Line: This Adventure Journal essay discusses the fine line between ecstasy and disaster on a paddle on the Colorado River.

Death by Instagram: Are Instagram and other social media contributing to a new, selfie-fueled explosion of travelers visiting and trashing some of the world’s most treasured outdoor spaces?

Paying Homage: Outside magazine examines why so many fans of Chris McCandless, the subject of Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild, are prepared to risk their lives to pay homage to his legacy.

Brushing Up: British photographer James Roddie suggests how to improve your mountain photography.

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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