ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Mayan Smith-Gobat rests in a portaledge on Torres Central. Photo: Thomas Senf/Franz Walter

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…

Mysteries of Myohang: Hidden inside the Little Rocket Man’s regime, there appears to be a wealth of adventurous opportunities in North Korea, as a crew of mountain bikers recently discovered.

A Lonely Journey: The BBC looks back 23 years to when Borge Ousland crossed Antarctica alone. Sixty-four days and 2,845km: Sounds impossible, right?

Lost at Sea: Last year, three men spent over a week marooned in the middle of the Pacific, after their journey from Japan to Hawaii went awry.

What the Fou: Tom Livingstone recounts a free ascent of the technical American route on the south face of the Aiguille du Fou in the Mont Blanc massif.

Father and Friendlies: Adventure writer Aaron Teasdale and his father explore the landscape that broadened his father’s horizons when fighting in Vietnam in the late 1960s.

Riders of the Storm: Twenty-five years after its first ascent, Ines Papart and Mayan Smith-Gobat make the fifth ascent of Riders of the Storm on Torres Central in Chile.

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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