ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Tom Livingstone and Ally Swinton. Photo: Tom Livingstone

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…

A Role Model: Ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson reflects on her career and the changing ambitions of younger female adventurers. “They don’t want that female disclaimer any more…we can throw down just as hard as the men.”

The Great Game: On a recent trip to Pakistan, Tom Livingstone and Ally Swinton put up a new route on a 6,000’er. On the descent, things went awry and Swinton was lucky to return alive. Readers beware, this contains graphic images.

Shut Up Shop: Stok Kangri, one of India’s most popular trekking peaks, is closed for the next two years. Government authorities cite unmanageable over-tourism.

The Story of Ada Blackjack: In the 1920s, a native Alaskan woman survived two years as a castaway on uninhabited Wrangel Island in Siberia. She was part of an expedition led by controversial explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who was attempting to claim the island for Canada.

Urubko’s Definition: Before he heads off to Broad Peak, Kazakh strongman Denis Urubko discusses, once again, one of his favourite topics: the definition of “real” winter.

UNESCO Status: Alpinism, the art of mountain climbing, has been awarded UNESCO cultural heritage status — a somewhat intangible honour, in this case. Apparently, the Swiss government has also filed an application for yodeling!

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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