ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Nikita Ovsyanikov, the Russian Crocodile Dundee.

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…

Living with the White Bear: For decades, behavioural scientist Nikita Ovsyanikov lived among polar bears on Wrangel Island, off the Siberian coast, with nothing but a long stick, some bear spray and quite clearly, a big pair of cajones.

The Myth: When a black, moist nose poked through an opening in his tent, biologist Steve Smith felt that he had only one option. But was this inquisitive polar bear really the danger that Smith assumed?

The World’s Best Belayer: Meet Ray Verseau, who spends 250 days a year craning his neck upward and holding a rope for some the world’s best rock gymnasts.

Survivor: Immortalized in Krakauer’s shelf filler, Into Thin Air, Charlotte Fox continued climbing 8,000m peaks after Everest, only to perish in the most unlucky circumstances at her home in Colorado.

Strait of Magellan: In the new adventure magazine, BASE, paddler Will Copestake recounts a 450km voyage across rarely traveled fiords in Patagonia.

Protect Our Winters: A host of top US mountain athletes and outdoor brands are mobilizing to reduce their carbon footprint and push for climate action.

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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