ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
The British Trans-Arctic Expedition at the North Pole on April 6, 1969. Photo: Wally Herbert Collection

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…

First Crossing: An interview with Ken Hedges, the expedition doctor for Wally Herbert’s pioneering 1968-9 crossing of the Arctic Ocean: 476 days, 5,987 kilometres and 40 sled dogs.

Seven Summits on a Budget: Mountain guide and 7 summits completer Robert Anderson takes a look at the minimum budget needed to complete the 7 summits unguided.

Solar Eclipse: Two men and a fly-by-night plan to watch a solar eclipse from atop an high unnamed peak in South America. What could go wrong?

Senator Roskelley: Legendary U.S. mountaineer John Roskelley is running for a Washington State senate seat, just over a year after losing his son Jess Roskelley in an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies.

Trailblazers: Paying little attention to gender stereotypes, these three women carved their own path in climbing and polar travel and found their way into the pages of National Geographic magazine.

Before Social: Alastair Humphreys examines whether adventure was better before the intrusion of smart phones, free Wifi and social media.


About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK. He juggles a day job as a public health scientist with a second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in newspapers, magazines, and on various brand websites. Major bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Porsche, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

He holds two degrees in Exercise and Health Sciences, and a PhD in Public Health.

His areas of expertise are polar expeditions, mountaineering, hiking, and adventure travel. In his spare time Ash enjoys going on small independent sledding expeditions, outdoor photography, and reading adventure literature.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com or read Ash's bi-monthly newsletter via https://hardtravel.substack.com

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