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 is a full-time PhD Exercise Scientist from the UK. Outside of work Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer who has written for Rock and Ice, Outside, Red Bull, The Telegraph, Financial Times, UK Climbing etc. In 2018 he led a 640km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia.

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