ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Photo: Mountain Planet

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…

Measure of a Mountain: Alpinist editor Katie Ives examines the role of summits in climbing history, and highlights the elephant in the room: To date, no climber may have stood on the true summits of all 14 8,000’ers.

Stuck in the Mud: Another Outside survival drama, this one from last year. A hiker in Utah becomes trapped in quicksand, as the weather closes in around him.

Jigsaw of Broken Slate: Barren, bleak, hard to find and harder to get a permit for — the peaks of Azerbaijan are a mystery to most westerners. This short feature gives a rare glimpse into their splendour.

Race to the Top: The New York Times charts Adam Ondra’s struggle to get his head around speed climbing — that ridiculous sideshow that has somehow made its way into the Olympics.

Hard Rock: A tribute to the late Ken Wilson, the man behind the great magazine Mountain, as well as the classic British climbing guidebook Hard Rock. He was one of climbing’s most prolific publishers.

Hold Fast: The Adventure Podcast sits down with Conrad Anker to discuss his remarkable career in the mountains.

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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