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.

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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