ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
Ang Tharkay (right) with Bob McKerrow (left), taken at Ang Tharkay's farm south of Kathmandu in 1975. Photo: Bob McKerrow

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 Father Of The Modern Sherpa: New Zealand mountaineer and polar traveler Bob McKerrow profies legendary Sherpa and sirdar, Ang Tharkay.

Inside Base Camp: A journalist describes his month at the foot of Everest back in 2006, featuring the well-stocked bars, the “butter people” and a friendly Playboy bunny from Poland.

What I’ve Learned: Ed Viesturs is the only American to climb all 14 of the 8,000m peaks, and the sixth person overall to do them without supplemental oxygen. He lists ten things he learned along the way.

The Crystal Snake: Twin brothers Damian and Willie Benegas, both world-class alpine guides, put up a spectacular ice line on the North Face of Nuptse in 2003. Rock and Ice magazine documents their story of “The Crystal Snake.”

Journet’s Joules: Most of us would expect mountain polymath Kilian Jornet to dial in every last nutrient in a finely tuned diet. Instead, he follows a simple set of guiding principles.

COVID Free: Antarctica is the only COVID-free continent, but will it remain that way once flights resume this month?

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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