ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Mount Waddington's upper west ridge. The ridge has recently been climbed for the first time by Briton Simon Richardson and Canadian Ian Welsted Photo: John Scurlock

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…

Yangtze Complete: After warding off giant hailstones, altitude, stray dogs, wolves and bears, the ever-threatened Ash Dykes has survived by the skin of his teeth to complete his 6,400km walk along the length of the Yangtze River in China.

Waddington Success: British alpinist Simon Richardson and Canadian Ian Welsted have made the first ascent of Mt. Waddington’s difficult West Ridge (4,019m) in Canada.

Brand O’Brady: A long-form essay from Outside Magazine on how controversial outdoor athlete Colin O’Brady built his own brand of storytelling.

New Rules: The Nepalese government are proposing new rules for Everest. Climbers may have to prove prior experience on peaks of 6,500m and above, and a minimum expedition payment of $35,000.

Link Sar: The full trip report of the standout first ascent of Link Sar (7,041m) by Americans Graham Zimmerman, Steve Swenson, Chris Wright and Mark Richey.

Paddle to Churchill: In this Sidetracked Magazine feature, Matt Cairns reports on paddling 1,600km from Winnipeg to the arctic town of Churchill.

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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Damien Francois

On Everest, rather read this than the NYT’s “political correct” piece: