ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Fred Beckey, the "Idiot Savant".

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’s some of the best links we’ve discovered this week…

Idiot Savant: This excerpt from an old Jon Krakauer book is the best writing I’ve seen on Fred Beckey, the greatest mountain first ascensionist of all time. One of his old climbing buddies hilariously dubbed him an Idiot Savant.

Flying Circus: In the week that Monty Python star Terry Jones passed, it’s time to relive that classic climbing piss-take, Climbing the North Face of Uxbridge Road.

Frozen In Time: The first female president of the American Alpine Club, Alison Osius, takes us back 45 years to when eight Soviet climbers fought for their life on Peak Lenin during the worst storm for 25 years.

Running North America’s Wildest River: A barnstorming tale of adventure filmmaker Mike Hoover’s attempt at the first descent of the Dezadeash River in Alaska in the late 1960s. Featuring bears, a lost raft and a series of close shaves.

Climate and the Future of Mountaineering: UK Climbing discusses how the climbing community can help the current climate and ecological crisis, and what this means for mountaineering in ensuing decades.

Canine Grimpeur: It seems to be bizarrely in vogue to drag your pooch out climbing. This eight-year-old husky has apparently become the first dog to summit all of Colorado’s 14’ers.

Avalanche School: A New York Times journalist went on an avalanche course and came away with a new appreciation for the human factors which drive avalanche accidents.

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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FB used to cut out Fedex mailers, the cardboard type and cut them into long pieces. Geographical areas would be assigned to each piece. Names and notes were then added and scratched as needed. sometimes a new one was made. I believe I have a couple of discards somewhere! Glad to see JK did a better article in Fred. Fred never liked the one he did years ago that made him out like a bum. I also remember all of the elastic bands he had around his gear shift that were used for wrapping around his Fedex index files and… Read more »

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