ExWeb’s Links of the Week

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Master of the Impossible, Colin O'Brady. Photo: Henry Cromett

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…

The Impossible Row: Colin O’Brady has just announced — on the Tonight Show, no less — his latest “Impossible” expedition. First man to walk across the moon without oxygen, you ask? First man to swim the English Channel underwater? Alas, no. “The Impossible Row” will see O’Brady lead a team rowing effort across the notorious Drake Passage, from South America to Antarctica, in a big-budget Discovery Channel venture. Ned Gillette did this row many years ago in a vessel he christened the Sea Tomato, but no doubt O’Brady will again apply qualifiers to explain why his is a first.

Rubbish: “The weather there was rubbish, the climbing conditions were rubbish, the permit situation was rubbish,” laments Mick Fowler after being beaten back on the Matterhorn of the Sikkim, Mt. Chombu.

Lost and Alone: When a Quebec teacher went snowboarding off-piste at a British Columbia resort, he hadn’t bargained on being stranded for six nights in a snow cave.

Queen of Thirteen: A 55-year-old woman has become the first person to summit all 846 peaks above 13,000 feet in the U.S., excluding Alaska.

Howse Peak Investigation: Globe and Mail journalist Marty Klinkenberg takes a forensic look at what caused the devastating deaths of Jess Roskelley, Hansjörg Auer and David Lama earlier this year.

The Last Slice: From the first volume of his autobiography Up and About: The hard road to Everest, Doug Scott recalls an exploratory expedition in the Canadian Arctic.


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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.

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Bill Spindler
1 year ago

Qualifiers? Ned Gillette’s team (which included good friend Jay Morrison) left from Pratt Passage on the west side of Patagonia on 22 February. They used sails only until they crossed the latitude of Cape Horn. And they arrived at Harmony Cove on 6 March. O’Brady has stated he’ll land on the mainland Antarctic Peninsula, although he has not yet announced his planned start and end points. AND…Ned Gillette’s venture wasn’t followed by a 120-foot boat with a film crew…

1 year ago




Wait until Nat Geo gets their mitts on this one too. Ned barely used his sail, to get around Cape Brecknock and that’s it. It’s basically identical to Ousland using a “kite” – note, Ned used this sail north of where Colin launched, an island, not mainland Chile. If that counts, why doesn’t the island Ned landed on count?

PS – Can’t really find any evidence of a Beyond 7/2 nonprofit either, not at least according to IRS 990s…