ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
Robert Anderson, Paul Teare, Ed Webster, and Stephen Venables with the Lady of the Lake, at Everest Kangshung Face Advanced Base Camp. Photo: Joe Blackburn

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…

A Life of Hope: Roberto Canessa, one of the survivors of the famous 1972 Andes plane crash and subsequent survival story, went on to become one of Uruguay’s best-known pediatric cardiologists.

Do Climbers Make Good Capitalists? Using Alex Honnold as an example, this short essay wrestles with how climbing and adventure might develop entrepreneurial attributes. Seems tenuous to me.

Living in a Ghost Town: In a lonely corner of New Mexico, a hardy pensioner has made her home in a long-abandoned town. Thirty-two years of self-isolation and counting.

The Ice Balloon: In 1930, a Norwegian party stumbled across the remains of an ill-fated expedition to reach the North Pole by air balloon.

Steep Way Down: Last year, three free riders headed out to Alaska to see if they could transfer their hardcore European skiing experience to the steepest lines in North America.

Higher Ground: A personal account of the epic 1988 ascent of a new route on the Kangshung Face of Everest by Robert Anderson and company.

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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