ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Alex Honnold appears to have recently developed emotions. Photo: Wade Vandervort

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…

Gadd’s Commandments: Although not empirically supported, climber Will Gadd provides some useful tips for training and staying fit across the lifespan.

What are the Odds?: Outside seem to be making a habit of publishing close encounters with dangerous wildlife. This time, two people who happen to be dating are gored by bison a few months apart.

Put a Ring On It: Alex Honnold has seemingly suffered from a rare case of emotion as he proposed to his girlfriend over Christmas. Wonder if they’ll make the pages of Vanity Fair.

Time for Change: The Alpine Club in collaboration with other organizations have proposed changes to mountain tourism in Nepal. About time.

Harder than It Looks: If you’re ever caught tentless in the Arctic, you might consider taking refuge in an Igloo. Building this traditional shelter isn’t easy, but this old National Film Board documentary lays out the basics.

Lost World: Leo Houlding recently led a motley crew of climbers up a remote big wall in Guyana. This photo essay depicts a good old-fashioned adventure.

What I Learned in Avalanche School… is that people pushing limits are the problem, according to this in-depth first-person report from The New York Times.

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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