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 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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