ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
Amber Word in a homemade land sailing vessel in Mongolia. Photo: Amber Word

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…

Sailing Mongolia: In a rather madcap-sounding adventure, a new couple builds a cart and land-sails 300km across Mongolia. Besides windless days, one of the biggest obstacles to their progress was gopher holes!

King Denis: After rescueing three climbers, then stomping up a new line on Gasherbrum II this season, Denis Urubko cemented his Himalayan legacy further. This article examines his accomplishments this past Karakorum season.

Big E(go): In the perfect riposte to an email enquiry about climbing Everest, British climber and all-round entertainer Andy Kirkpatrick doles out some sage advice.

Heroes of Telemark: Popularized by the Hollywood movie, Heroes of Telemark, this Adventure Journal feature tells the story behind the famous WWII sabotage of a German heavy-water plant in Norway.

A Climber’s Life: A profile of Pakistan’s current high altitude giant Muhammad Ali of Sadpara. Among his many achievements, he made the first ascent of Nanga Parbat in winter with an international team in 2016.

No Turning Back: The late Austrian climber Hansjörg Auer was recently awarded a posthumous Piolet d’Or. This wide-ranging interview delves into Auer’s relationship with fear, sponsorship and much more.

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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