ExWeb’s Links of The Week

Adventure Travel
Sophie Matterson. Photo: Sophie Matterson.

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…

Crossing Australia: Inspired by Robyn Davidson’s similar 1970s venture, Sophie Matterson and her five camels make their way 4,000km across Australia through the Great Victoria, Tirari and Strzelecki Deserts and other remote areas.

Drawing Lines, Transcending Pain: Climber and adventure creative Renan Oztark takes us back to his life as a dirtbag, and through the storied 2008 attempt on the Shark’s Fin of Mount Meru.

Canyoneering: The story of opening one of the biggest canyons in the world. The Chamjé Khola canyon lies right in the heart of the Nepal Himalaya, between the Annapurnas and Manaslu.

The Musk Ox and Me: American journalist Jon Lee Anderson tells of how one summer spent trying to track muskoxen in Alaska in the late 1970s led to a lifetime on the road.

Local Hero: Alpinist profiles Anna Piunova, editor-in-chief of Mountain.ru. Piunova was instrumental in coordinating the helicopter rescue of Alex Gukov from Latok I in 2018.

Fifty Films: Similar to ExWeb, Sidetracked put together a series of 50 adventure films to entertain us during lockdown. There are quite a few in here that didn’t feature on our lists.

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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