ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Mushing around Baffin Island. Photo: Sarah McNair-Landry/ Erik Boomer

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…

Doing the Rounds: After his all-terrain vehicle broke down, a Russian postman walked 350km through remote taiga to deliver 97kg of mail. “‘I simply had to decide what to do because I knew that people would suffer,” he said.

Thou Shalt Not Pass: A fascinating look inside the rigorous selection and testing of French mountain guides at the mountain mecca of Chamonix.

Shackleton’s Books: This year’s South Pole trekkers listen to their favourite tunes, while away the time with audiobooks and even update their social media. Things were, of course, different for Shackleton and Co. Here’s how the great man entertained himself down south 100 years ago. Seven short plays by Lady Gregory, anyone?

Extinguished: Brad Gobright, a brilliant climber and one of the few people to match Alex Honnold’s free soloing exploits, died in a rappelling accident this week. He was 31.

The Blizzard: ExWeb ambassador Sarah McNair-Landry describes a particularly pesky blizzard during her 120-day dogsled expedition around Baffin Island. McNair-Landry’s parents, Paul Landry & Matty McNair, made the same journey 25 years earlier.

Ice Warriors: A profile, published earlier this month, of Ousland and Horn’s precarious Arctic Ocean odyssey.

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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