ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Mt. Hooker, Wyoming. Photo: Austin Siadak

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…

Bum Deal: A British adventurer is planning to get a tattoo on her backside in return for a £15,000 donation toward her bid to become the youngest woman to trek solo and unsupported to the South Pole. Apparently she will face temperatures of -50. Perhaps the BBC have got the wrong Pole there…

Aviation Adventurer: Laval St. Germain has climbed Everest without oxygen, rowed the Atlantic and fatbiked in the Arctic, while balancing a full-time job as a commercial pilot.

An Everest Pioneer: Few of us recall the men and women behind the scenes who developed the equipment and science that made the first ascent of Everest possible. Meet one of those — Griffith Pugh, pioneer of altitude science and equipment.

The Revenant: The Revenant, the Western film in which Leonardo Di Caprio finally won his Oscar a few years ago, was based on the life of fur trapper Hugh Glass.

Kennedy’s Unfinished Line: In 2017, climber Hayden Kennedy took his own life. The previous day, his girlfriend had died in an avalanche. A few years later, close friends of Kennedy set out to complete his unfinished plans on Mt. Hooker.

Lure of the North: Filmed in the remote Ontario wilderness, this short video beautifully captures the repetitive nature and hardship of cold-weather travel.

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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