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 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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