ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Conrad Anker, featured in Survivors' Guilt, has lost many close friends in the mountains. Photo: UK Climbing

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…

Survivors’ Guilt: The New Yorker is making a habit of publishing excellent long reads on adventure. This one explores the complex issue of how climbers deal with survivors’ guilt.

In Search of Tamazight: An ultrarunner tackles a nearly 900km run through the Moroccan High Atlas, using old Berber trails. It’s part of a longer-term project to run through a mountain range on every continent.

Cod Science of Everest: Mark Horrell digs behind the spurious data analysis that suggests that Sherpas have the most dangerous profession in the world.

Horn on Arctic Ocean Epic: Mike Horn talks about his and Borge Ousland’s daunting expedition across the Arctic Ocean. He hints this might be the last time he steps on the thinning ice of arctic waters.

On the Dole: You would think that being of one of the world’s best paddlers would lead to a full-time adventure career. Not so for Nouria Newman. She talks to Outside about why it’s so hard turning her passion into a career.

Historical Badass: Were she alive today, Gertrude Benham would be regaling worldwide audiences with tales of unclimbed mountains and continental crossings. Great to see light shed on this lesser-known Victorian go-getter.

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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delwyne trefz

Thanks for the link to the New Yorker deal. Pretty well said.