ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Lhakpa Sherpa at home in Connecticut. Photo: Kayana Szymczak/The Guardian

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 Times: The number of occasions Lhakpa Sherpa has topped out on Everest. Despite this, she has no sponsorship. Is she hard done by, or is bagging Everest over and over just not that marketable?

More on Purja: This week, the new Forrest Gump of the Himalaya almost broke the internet. This piece continues the debate on what Purja’s achievement means.

Discipline Under Duress: Climber Jack Tackle recalls a freezing epic with Jack Roberts in 1996 when they spent nine days on the north face of Mt. Kennedy in Canada. “Years later, I still reflect upon the solace, joy and suffering we experienced together,” Tackle says.

Fashionista: UKC editor Natalie Berry takes a peek at the bizarre emergence of climbing clothing and accessories in the lines of high-end brands such as Ralph Lauren.  Move over PataGucci!

More on Manaslu: Manaslu summiter Mark Horrell writes about his own bid for the top on Manaslu, what a “true summit” of Manaslu looks like and whether stepping on the very top matters.

Trailer Running: The legendary Banff Mountain Film Festival wraps up this evening. If you’re pining for some adventure action, this old Banff trailer should get you in the mood.

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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