ExWeb’s Links of the Week

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 are some of the best links we’ve discovered this week…

Lost at Sea: In 2007, Andrew McAuley disappeared a mere 50km from the end of a 1,600km kayak crossing from Tasmania to New Zealand. What happened in those final hours has intrigued adventure writers ever since.

Bear Scare: In the week that Borge Ousland and Mike Horn set off for the Arctic Ocean, here’s a throwback to a polar bear encounter where Ousland and Thomas Ulrich played it remarkably cool around a mother and two cubs.

Tragedy on Howse Peak: Through the lens of the deaths of Lama, Roskelley and Auer earlier this year, Nick Heil examines how top alpinists tread the fine line between life and death.

Climbing Psychologist: Clinical psychologist and climber Malcolm Bass discusses his own climbs, as well as the emotions and motivations involved in alpine climbing and expeditions.

Cool on Everest: Fourteen-time summiter and Everest guide Kenton Cool lays down his thoughts on the media attention surrounding Everest, proposed new regulations, the queues and much more.

Canoe Evangelist: Canadian Geographic sits down for a fireside chat with James Raffan, a journalist and former university professor who has extensively studied the far north of Canada, often using the canoe as his “vessel of discovery.”


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 newspapers, magazines, and on various brand 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 read Ash's bi-monthly newsletter via https://hardtravel.substack.com

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