ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
Kayaker Aleksander Doba: "His hair and beard appear to be taken from a Michelangelo painting of God." Photo: Paweł Smoliński

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…

McKinley Diaries: Climber Nigel Vardy is recording daily video logs of his fateful expedition to climb Denali (then known as McKinley) in 1999. Vardy suffered severe frostbite after being caught in a storm close to the summit.

Alone At Sea: The remarkable story of Aleksander Doba, who kayaked the Atlantic for the third time, aged 70, three years ago. Before that, he amassed a lifetime worth of ocean, sea and lake crossings and was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2014.

Lord of the Flies: The real-life version — about a group of schoolboys who were marooned on an island near Tonga in the 1960s — has an altogether more realistic and cooperative outcome than William Golding’s dystopian classic.

No Summit No Cry: Michael Kennedy’s first-person account of the fabled American assault on the North Ridge of Latok I in 1978.

Lockdown Antics: To abate COVID-19 lockdown boredom, professional climber Steve McClure has bolted a route on the outside of his house in the north of England. When his homemade wall hit national TV last week, viewers were less than impressed.

Grandma Gatewood: In the mid-1950s, a pension-aged woman ticked off the Appalachian trail with no previous hiking experience. A life of hardship, including surviving domestic abuse, meant the trail was no match for this iron lady.

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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