ExWeb’s Links of the Week

Adventure Travel
Fitz Roy, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina. Photo: Todor Bozhinov

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…

Centimetres From Death: Outdoor Journal has a new podcast. This excellent first episode features the irrepressible Mike Horn speaking about his recent Arctic Ocean crossing.

Lessons From The Cave: On their well-known Patagonian travels, Yvon Chouinard and co. spent 15 days in a cave high up on Fitz Roy. The lessons the gang learned during their stay in that lonely outpost in the sky now apply more than ever.

Outside Classics: Listicles are the order of the day. Outside have compiled their best long reads from recent times. From The Chris McCandless Obsession Problem to Amundsen Schlepped Here.

Bomba Sexy: Rock and Ice catches up with Ecuadorian mountain guide Carla Perez to talk about 8,000m peaks, guiding in a male-dominated industry and the pressure from sponsors to be “Bomba Sexy”.

Ground To A Halt: For some of us, COVID-19 has only meant a small shift in lifestyle. But spare a thought for those who live life on the road, such as this paddler halfway through a cross-country paddle.

Forgotten Pioneer: Self-confessed accidental mountaineer Barbara Washburn spent a lifetime mapping blank spots on the map, including the Grand Canyon.

Immersion Shock: When a group of paddlers finish a 25-day trip through the Grand Canyon, they discover that the world they left behind is in the grip of a global pandemic.

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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