ExWeb’s Links Of The Week

Adventure Travel
Longyearbyen. Photo: Helge Skodvin

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…

The Best Dam Climb In America: As it says on the tin, the best climb up a dam in America. Bolt drilling and disco legs abound in this regaling of one such dam foray.

Crime At The Top Of The World: A botched bank robbery in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Even way up north, you can’t escape man’s less attractive deeds.

The Smell Of Change: Climber Nick Bullock writes about the journey home, from an aborted climbing trip, during the tightening grip of COVID lockdown.

Five Minutes of Bliss: Granted it’s not adventure, but a dreamy five minutes of piano among the mountainous coastline of Iceland is a welcome tonic right now.

Industry Support: Outdoor writer and editor Alex Roddie issues a clarion call on how we can all help writers and publishers of our favorite outdoor media during these uncertain times.

Citizen Of Mont Blanc: French climbing guide and journalist Claude Gardien tackles the late Walter Bonatti’s tetchy relationship with Mont Blanc.

Food, Water, Snow: A few years ago Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry completed a tough 65-day expedition across Baffin Island, covering over 1,000km by kayak, ski and foot.

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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