ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Kei Taniguchi. Photo: Akihiro Oishi

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…

Pandora’s Box: The Japanese alpinist Kei Taniguchi became the first woman to receive the Piolet d’Or in 2009. Despite passing before her time, she made her mark with  exploratory new routes worldwide. This is her story.

Unwanted Discovery: The historic, and perhaps stuffy, Explorers Club hit the headlines last week when news of a Discovery Channel takeover deal emerged.

Freedive: Until the age of 40, Natalia Molchanova lived a conventional life, until one day she turned to free diving. Within a decade, she became one of the sport’s best exponents.

Art of Chill: An interview with filmmaker Jimmy Chin, the man behind the brilliant Oscar-winning film Free Solo. He’s a pretty handy climber too.

The Postman: This charming short film tells the story of the last village to be connected to the UK road network. Until then, the village relied on the postman traveling on foot with not just mail, but all news of the outside world. Talk about self-isolation…

Angle of Attack: The life of a wingsuit pilot is a game of inches. The Outdoor Journal looks at what it takes to belt along at the speed of a train, just inches from the ground.

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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