ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
The boat and submersible behind the world's deepest dive. Photo: Five Deeps

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…

My Midlife Crisis as a Russian Sailor: Researching a book on 16th-century polar explorer William Barents, an author books a place on an expeditionary boat bound for frigid waters.

Death Couloir: Safely navigating the Grand Couloir du Goûter is a game of Russian Roulette, thanks to the deadly rockfall that peppers this part of Mont Blanc’s via normale. But a team of researchers have been busy studying the best time and conditions to cross the dangerous chute.

Line of Sight: Mountain blogger Mark Horrell uses a neat website to try and work out which two mountains on earth have the world’s longest view.

Thirty-Six Thousand Feet: The story of Victor Vescovo and the team behind the series of record-breaking dives in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. It’s another luxurious long read from The New Yorker.

Wringing It Out: An unusual turn of events for a climber caught out on a soaking route in Wyoming with a less experienced partner.

A Cautionary Tale: Chucking in your job and heading into the wilderness to build a cabin with a good mate might sound idyllic, but two guys found out that chasing that dream is much harder than it seems.

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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