ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Macron and his posse inside the Mer De Glace. Photo: Denis Balibouse/AFP

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…

Higher Ground: Nearly a year after Tom Ballard perished on Nanga Parbat, this essay recounts the final days of both Ballard and his mother, Alison Hargreaves.

Couple Goals: It’s rare for partners to share the same adventure goals, but for one Seattle couple in their late 40s, skiing unguided to the South Pole was part of their shared bucket list.

Mont Macron: The forthright French president, Emmanuel Macron, has pledged to create a new reserve around the overcrowded Mont Blanc. No mention yet if the Italians are on board with these plans.

Marc-Andre’s Vision: In tribute to the late Marc-André Leclerc, his former partner Brette Harrington has put up a new route on Torre Egger, along with two other climbers. Leclerc first spotted the line in 2016.

Expedition Finse: This weekend sees the annual expedition festival in Finse, on the edge of the famous Hardangervidda Plateau in Norway. Talks aplenty from polar stalwarts Borge Ousland, Geoff Somers, Eric Phillips and even an appearance from former ExWeb owners Tina and Tom Sjogren.

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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