ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
The Piloet d'Or trophies. Photo: Lucyna Lewandowska.

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…

Searching for Superman: In the mid-1970s, alpinist and ski mountaineering pioneer Fritz Stammberger disappeared on a solo expedition in the Himalaya. In this award-winning essay, climber Jeff Long digs into the decades-old mystery.

In Due Time: The 170km long Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland is mainly a summer hike, but in recent years it has become more popular for winter ski touring. This short film follows two endurance athletes on a recent traverse.

Oscar Time: This year’s Piolet d’Or long list features familiar names such as Tom Livingstone and the Pou brothers. Also singled out are the hardy Russian pair of Dmitry Golovchenko and Sergey Nilov for their sufferfest on Jannu.

Tranqui: For hundreds of years, nomadic horsemen have roamed across Patagonia. Texan Stevie Anna delves into long-distance horseback travel on a journey across the spine of these windswept pampas.

Confessions of a Snowman: Author, filmmaker and former park ranger Jon Waterman reflects on a life lived in and around snow, and the myriad ways it can both protect and threaten.

Planning an Arctic Kayak: Sea kayak expeditioner Kristoffer Vandbakk covers some of the basics on how to plan and execute a sea kayaking journey along an exposed and isolated coastline.

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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