ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Rolando Garibboti. Photo: Black Diamond

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…

Lessons Learned: Legendary alpinist and guidebook author Rolando Garibotti talks to Rock and Ice about the lessons learned during his climbing career. A must-read.

From Harlem to the Poles: Earlier this month, Barbara Hillay, the first African-American to reach the Poles, passed away. Amazingly, she only became hooked on polar travel in her 70s.

Messner on Adventure: The great Italian climber talks self-reliance, fear and happiness in this short video interview with National Geographic.

A 20-Second Mistake: An American hiker took a wrong turn on the way down from Mount Shavano, in Colorado. This wrong turn led to a loss of shoes and ultimately both feet, as the weather took a turn for the worse.

Cold War, Round Two: As the Arctic melts, countries are racing to lay claim to new shipping routes and freshly thawed resources.

Labryrinth of Ice: In 1881, Lieutenant Adolphus Greely led the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, which broke (by a few kilometres) the record for farthest north. Their later struggle for survival, in which 19 of 25 men died, has been told several times before, most notably by the late Len Guttridge, in Ghosts of Cape Sabine. Now a new book, Labyrinth of Ice, reexamines this classic tale of conflict and cannibalism.

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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