ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
Leo Houlding cranking hard on a new route on El Cap. Photo: Alastair Lee.

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…

The Prophet: Back in 2001, Leo Houlding was 21, fearless and seemingly indestructible. He set his sights on free climbing a new route on El Cap. For all his precocious talent, Houlding didn’t count on taking the best part of a decade to make his dream happen.

First Class, Business Class, Working Class: With magazines owing him thousands of dollars, and COVID-19 rendering him jobless, travel writer Jamie Lafferty looks back on a decade of travel to all corners, from Petra to Antarctica, and asks if it was worth it.

Labyrinths of Granite and Ice: Graham Zimmerman on the brilliant and sought-after first ascent of Link Sar last year with Steve Swenson, Mark Richey and Chris Wright.

Overlooked No More: The New York Times now runs a feature in their obituary section to highlight people they didn’t cover at the time of their death. This time, it’s mountaineer Alison Hargreaves.

A Life Outdoors: Sidetracked magazine caught up with the always energetic outdoor polymath Kilian Jornet, on life during COVID-19 and his future ambitions.

Out of Eden: Paul Salopek is on a 34,000km walk around the world. From self-isolation in Myanmar, he muses on the pandemics of yesteryear and how global order may tilt due to COVID-19.

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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