ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
This week, we feature tributes to Joe Brown who died aged 89; and David Lama, Hansjörg Auer and Jess Roskelley who perished in the Rockies one year ago this week. Photo Left: Jim Herrington; Photo Right: North Face

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…

A Giant Passes: British climber Joe Brown — described as “arguably the greatest ever all-round climber” — died aged 89 this week. The end of an era.

Brown Talks: A rare interview with Joe Brown reflecting on some of his climbs in North Wales. His technical rock routes in the 1940s and 1950s were ranked among the hardest in the world at the time.

Ecology Of Fear: This ski journey piece from Aaron Teasdale won a travel writing award. They said: “Teasdale blends ecology, history and politics as he poses the question: Why does Yellowstone matter?”

Three Of The Best: One year ago this week, the climbing world lost the huge talents of David Lama, Hansjörg Auer and Jess Roskelley on the descent from a climb in the Canadian Rockies.

Healing After Howse: Continuing on the Lama et al theme, Outdoor Journal ask that age old question — Is it worth it?

Antarctic Rainforest: Some scientists reckon that 90 million years ago, a lush rainforest flourished in the unlikeliest of places — 82 degrees south.

Life on El Cap: An entertaining tale of an amateur climber’s first time on El Cap. He jumped into the deep end by freeing El Corazon (5.13b).

Wilderness Navigation: An excellent series of videos on wilderness navigation. What better time to brush up on these essential skills?

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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