ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Adolfo Benegas went missing on Aconcagua in 1990. His brother Juan is still searching for answers to this day. Photo: Juan Benegas

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…

Searching for Adolfo: A moving tale of a yearly pilgrimage to Aconcagua in search of a missing brother and climbing partner.

Swenson Swan Song: Sixty-five-year-old American climber Steve Swenson ended his high-altitude career in style with the first ascent of Link Sar this summer.

Across Siberia: Biologist Clemens Ratschan undertakes an 800km walk and paddle through Siberia’s swamps, taiga, dry rivers and occasional solid ground.

What Next?: After his career-defining free solo of El Cap, Alex Honnold faces the same existential questions a prizefighter might grapple with after winning the heavyweight crown. ESPN probes where the world’s greatest free soloist goes from here.

The Climbing Taxman: An insightful podcast with Mick Fowler, Britain’s foremost adventure climber, who holds down a full-time job in the British tax system while spending his holidays making remarkable first ascents in the greater ranges.

Into the Ice: Mike Horn and Borge Ousland are on their way through the Arctic Ocean and are approaching the edge of the sea ice. Repair stops along the Alaskan coastline has delayed their progress a little.

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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