ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
James Edward Mills. Photo: James Edward Mills

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 Adventure Gap: Alpinist talks to writer James Edward Mills about the “adventure gap” and the relationship between mountaineering and the civil rights movement. (If you don’t have Spotify, follow this link and scroll 3/4 down.) You can also read this interview with Mills here.

The Moffat Expedition: Over sixty years ago, a pioneering 1,500km canoe expedition to the featureless barrenlands of central Nunavut, Canada, went desperately wrong.

The Mad Affair: In the mid-1960s, two climbers became stranded on the jagged pillar of the Petit Dru in the French Alps. What followed was one of the largest mountain rescues in history.

Facing Fear: In this classic article from Orion magazine, science writer J.B. MacKinnon explores how climbing helped cure him of his childhood panic attacks.

One Step Beyond: A look back at the final days of the exceptionally talented Jean-Christophe Lafaille, who sadly perished on Makalu in 2006.

Mountain Photography: Former international mountain landscape photographer of the year, Alex Nail, leads us through a day capturing the Lofoten mountains in Norway.

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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