ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Snowkiter Bjørn Kaupang in action. Photo: Christian Black/Red Bull

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…

Kite Life: The Kaupang family runs a hotel in Norway on the edge of a world-class snowkiting destination. This short video gives an insight into the kiting life, featuring six-time world champion Bjørn Kaupang.

Underappreciated Badass: The mountaineering community recently mourned the loss of Slovenian extreme skier Davo Karnicar. Here’s a rundown of Karnicar’s action-packed life.

Beckey Again: I can’t get enough of the climber who made so many first ascents that he eventually lost count of them. Here’s a throwback to a few years ago, when Outside did a fascinating oral history of Fred Beckey.

Arctic Paddle: Hoping not to end up like HMS Erebus, American long-distance paddle specialist West Hansen aims to kayak the infamous Northwest Passage. Back in 2012, Hansen made a source-to-sea descent of the Amazon River. The expedition, originally slated for this year, is now starting in 2020.

Wing and a Prayer: With numerous deaths, the 2015-16 season was an annus horribilis for the wingsuit BASE jumping world. National Geographic take a look at the safety improvements since then, and the changing appetite for online content featuring wingsuiters.

A Notable First: A legacy of the endless conflict in Iraq is that the war-torn nation’s first mountaineering and climbing school has only just begun. Here’s a peek at the school’s setup.

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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 national newspapers, international magazines, and on various 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 follow Ash via @ashrouten on Twitter and Instagram.

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