ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Alpinist editor Katie Ives asks: What is the measure of a mountain? Photo: Ash Routen

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’s 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 when a hiker in Utah became trapped in quicksand, as the weather closed 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 side show 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 is a postdoctoral scientist, globally published outdoor writer and arctic traveller. Ash's next expedition is a 700km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in spring 2021.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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