ExWeb’s Links Of The Week

Adventure Travel
David Roberts. Photo: Matt Hale

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…

An Interview with David Roberts: The Dean of Adventure Writing opens up on his Alaskan climbing career, the brotherhood of the rope and the state of modern climbing.

Norman Baker: Behind Thor Heyerdahl’s famous ocean voyages was a mountain-climbing, gold-mining navigator.

The Surprising Popularity of Buildering: Anyone who has been a part of a University climbing club knows about the time-honoured discipline of Buildering.

Lost Highway: The withering of a large patch of ice in Norway is unearthing hidden artifacts from the Viking era, such as 1,000-year-old horseshoes, sleds and tools.

Runnel Vision: Four climbers head to Brazil to free climb a new route on a remote big wall, but on landing in Rio, they encounter civil unrest and strikes.

After Lockdown Ends: A UK outdoor writer and mountain walker asks what kind of normal we will return to when this all ends. Apparently only nine percent of Britons want life to return to normal.

Huberbaum: A vlog with Austrian climbing supremo Alexander Huber.

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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