ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
The late Goran Kropp. Photo: Goran Kropp

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…

Nine Lives: New Zealand climber Robert Anderson keeps you hanging on every word in this compelling tale of a failed attempt on the North Face of Everest.

Inner Ranges: Alpinist magazine sits down for a fireside chat with noted outdoor writer Geoff Powter on his own adventures, as well as a lifetime of chronicling mountaineering and its participants.

Everest Ego: Another one from Anderson, but well worth a look. In this piece, he discusses the two reasons people climb Everest: “to climb it, and to say they have climbed it.”

Bushwalker Found: A man after Joe Simpson’s crown, an Australian bushwalker “carried” his broken leg for two days, crawling out of the bush to safety in Queensland.

Sea to Summit: Continuing the Everest theme, this Adventure Journal piece takes a look back at the late Goran Kropp, the man who cycled from Sweden to summit Everest in 1996. But there’s much more to Kropp’s remarkable life than just Everest.

Icefall: Some brief drone footage of the Khumbu Icefall from Bartek Bargiel as his brother Andrzej prepares to make the first no-oxygen ski descent of Everest.

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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robert anderson

Ash, glad you liked my take on Everest North Face, written a long time ago when it was fresh, a bit raw and only lightly edited to get it online. There really is nothing quite like going up on the N. Face of Everest with a day pack, and a few friends, in the monsoon. Good fun.