ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Ben Page bikepacking across the Yukon. Photo: Ben Page

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…

Alone in the Yukon: A few months into cycling around the world, young traveller Ben Page finds himself alone and out of his depth in Canada’s Northwest Territories, above the Arctic Circle.

From Rescuer to Rescuee: Former Yosemite Search and Rescue member Josie McKee was climbing El Cap when her partner Quinn Brett suffered a huge fall. The accident and aftermath make compelling reading.

Blank Spots: Alex Hutchinson — best known as a sports writer for Outside — reflects on the elusive meanings of exploration, wilderness and uncharted territory.

Saved by Metallica: When a forestry worker happened upon a mountain lion last summer, she took the unlikely action of blasting the big cat away with some heavy metal music.

K2 Pioneer: The story of Amir Mehdi, a mountain porter who went on to become the top Pakistani climber of his generation, and was betrayed on the infamous 1954 Italian K2 expedition.

Purja Round-Up: Another Mark Horrell piece. This time, the climbing blogger gives a detailed overview of events that have led to the controversy surrounding Nirmal Purja’s Project Possible.


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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