ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Tom Ballard doing what he did so well. Photo: Tom Ballard

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…

Starlight and Storm: It’s just over a year since the talented Tom Ballard met his fate on Nanga Parbat. This excellent digital feature covers the life and death of his mother, Alison Hargreaves, and his own quest to solo climb the six north faces of the Alps.

Lurking Beneath: Although an open secret in the polar world, it’s not widely known that the Barneo ice camp dumps fuel bottles and bulldozers in the Arctic Ocean every year.

Perfect Partners:  Primarily known for his big-wall prowess, Alex Honnold has also undertaken some impressive alpine climbs with the indomitable Patagonian master Colin Haley.

Between Snow and Stars: If you’re looking for a break from Covid news, this intense film on the lives of arctic mushers and Everest hopefuls will occupy you for at least an hour.

Rude Awakening: A humorous short interview with Borge Ousland — as he had to be prodded to wake up — at the end of his and Mike Horn’s 2006 winter North Pole trip.

Lost in the Woods: In 1939, while hiking the end section of the newly opened Appalachian Trail, 12-year-old Donn Fendler became lost in the Maine woods for nearly two weeks.

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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