ExWeb’s Links of the Week

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Oskar Speck in his kayak, Sunnschien. Photo: Australian National Maritime Museum

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…

History’s Longest Kayak Journey: In 1932, German Oskar Speck set off into his kayak in for what would become an epic, seven-and-a-half-year paddle — 48,000km, packed with hero’s welcomes and near-death escapes, all the way to Australia.

Out of the Wild: The iconic bus once occupied by Christopher McCandless had attracted tourists from all over the world — a growing number of whom had to be rescued in their attempt to reach the remote location in Alaska. This week, it was removed by local authorities.

The Great American Outdoors Act: In a rare and surprising bipartisan move, the U.S. Senate approved a major new land conservation bill this week. It guarantees billions of dollars for National Park Service restoration and the protection of recreational land.

Conquistador Excerpt: In his classic 1961 memoir, Conquistadors of the Useless, Lionel Terray writes of his most famous climbs, including the North Face of the Eiger.

Unexplored Antarctica: Mountaineer, adventurer photographer and Antarctica ski-tourer Phil Wickens on how to find and access unexplored regions and unclimbed peaks in Antarctica.

The Role of Banff: Last week, nearly 300 people were laid off from The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. This piece gives some background on why the Centre has been so important for mountain writers.

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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James b

An Australian sea kayaker, Sandy Robson has repeated specks route finishing a couple of years ago.she retraced the route as close as possible to the original, allowing for the conflicts at the time.